Am I a Traitor?

Last night I did something I feel somewhat guilty over. I feel I may have betrayed the country of my birth.

I was watching the Stanley Cup Finals. So far so good. All good Canadians watch this series.

But I watched it on NBC. Not the traditional CBC. Hockey Night in Canada on the CBC is a Canadian tradition. But I watched the American feed. And even worse, I enjoyed it. I thought there were too many promotions, but I kind of expected that. I liked listening to Mike Emrick and Pierre Maguire.

At least I flipped it back to watch “Coaches’ Corner” during the intermissions.

New Carpet

Okay, so I haven’t blogged in a while and it seems like I am playing catch-up. Cindy recently found a fantastic deal on new carpet. Within days it was purchased, delivered and installed.  She even had enough to re-do all three of the bedrooms.

She also refinished some of the furniture with the help of her mother.

Check out the Photo Gallery for a few pictures.

Running the race

Kendra told us she is practicing for track and field day.  (Maybe one day I’ll post about my traumatic experiences surrounding track and field day.)  Anyway, she said she did some long distance running and won her race.

Fantastic.  I think all the geocaching is helping with her endurance.

500th Geocache!

500th GeocacheToday we hit a big milestone in geocaching terms. Number D. (That’s Latin for 500.)

As we were approaching this we started thinking about what cache would make a good #500. We chose the 2nd oldest cache in Ontario. Its called “Bending Tree” and is about 20 minutes north of Barrie, ON. We chose it because it wasn’t that far away. It would take a bit of hike to get into it. Its old (as far as geocaches go).

We really earned this cache. It was a 1.25 km hike through the snow. Lots of the time we could walk on top of the snow, but frequently we broke through the top crust and found ourselves up to our knees in wet snow. Okay, I’ll admit that I found this pretty funny. But Cindy, Kendra and Javen tired of it after a while.

Kendra found the actual cache itself. We released a couple of travel bugs that are going to race to Dublin, California. With Travel Bugs, other geocachers will pick up these little items and move them from cache to cache and we get to watch where they go.

I really enjoyed the hike in the woods, the memories of the snow and ice and warming ourselves on a picnic bench about halfway back. It could have been easier if we did this later in the year when all the snow was gone, but it really helped to make it more memorable.

Pictures as always, are available in our Photo Albums.

Fixed Photo Albums

The Photo Albums are working again. I edited the original plugin to use a different syntax to avoid the conflict created by the update.

BTW, I really like the Photo Albums I am using. All it takes is creating a folder and putting the pictures in. The software takes care of the rest. I’m really glad I got it working again and that it didn’t take too much work.

Broken Photo Albums

This morning I just upgraded to the brand new and shiny WordPress 2.5

Everything works just fine, except that this new version has added a photo gallery feature right in the core. Up until now, I had done the galleries using a plugin. This new code blows that plugin up. So now, my galleries don’t work. I won’t get a chance to look at it until later. Sorry about that.

Newfoundland…."The Rock"

In March, Philip was planning to travel to St. John’s, Newfoundland, for Tyndale business. In the past he has traveled without me, but this time I got to go!!! Philip says he was tired of hearing me complain that “I never get to go anywhere,” and so here was my opportunity. Heading North in March doesn’t make very much sense, but hey, I wasn’t going to complain. We headed to the airport early Wednesday morning for a 7:30 flight. The flight stopped over in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This was my first time in the province, but it didn’t really feel like it counted. We landed in Newfoundland around 1:00 their time. Newfoundland is 1 1/2 hours ahead of our time in Toronto. We drove to our Bed and Breakfast (The Roses) and got settled in. Shortly after we met with the folks that the trip was all about. I played the role of secretary during the meeting. Later that evening we were treated to dinner at the Keg. I got Atlantic lobster tails! They were absolutely delicious!!!

During the times Philip was to be in meetings I had planned on geocaching. There is no better way to get acquainted with any place than by having the locals place caches in interesting spots to visit. I was all geared up to go out on Thursday morning even though we had heard that the weather was not looking favourable. I donned my snowpants, warm coat, wool socks and boots. I should have worn a raincoat and carried an umbrella. About 500m into the walk the snow turned into freezing rain that turned into rain. After finding one cache I was quite wet. After not finding the second cache I returned to our room completely drenched and disappointed. There are TONS of geocaches in St. John’s and I was determined to get as many as possible. This was not a good start.

***Update*** Here is the link to the Photo Album of our trip

Snow! Snow!! and more Snow!!!

Saturday, March 15th, we received app. 50 cm of snow.  That’s about 2 feet for my American readers.  Talk about the shoveling.  We already have a 4 foot high snowbank that we now had to heave the new snow up onto.  Philip and I were both thankful that the snow was light and fluffy.  Check out the pictures in our gallery.