Thursday, May 27, 2010


May hasn't been a very good blogging month, apparently. I seem to have fallen into the trap of thinking I need to do a big post, when many short ones would likely be more sustainable and interesting later...especially considering that I have enough trouble remembering what happened today, never mind weeks ago. Anyway, some random thoughts from recent times:
  • Tannis and I got to go mountain biking on the weekend when my folks took the kids on the Summerland Steam Train, which was a great treat. But my most frequent riding partner lately has been Ezra: "Daddy, I was just thinking that maybe me and you could go for a bike ride around the block sometime." He's been rockin' the runbike, and judging by the long glides he's doing now, he could likely be pedaling happily if I hadn't removed his bike's drivetrain.
  • Ezra got a haircut, which tempted me to tame my mop too.

  • We had a rager of a windstorm last week, and Tannis and I heard the big old maple crash down at the corner of the yard. Scary, as it was so loud that we thought a tree had landed on the house where Ezra was sleeping. The next morning, our two closest neighbours Ron and Gil showed up unbidden with chainsaws, and at one point Gil even brought his big loader over to drag stuff away -- within two hours there was nothing left on the yard but a stump and a sense of loss. It had really anchored that front corner of place, providing shade in summer and homes for lots of wildlife.
  • Our car burnt a couple of exhaust valves. Even with help from a mechanic friend, the repair was $1500, in the same month insurance was due. These things make me wish I lived somewhere where I didn't need a vehicle other than pedal-powered ones.

  • I composed another short duet, this time for my five-string viola and Ivy on violin -- it's quirky, and minor-key, maybe a bit like the Pink Panther theme song. She's been learning it this week with some success, although it uses a key (and notes) that will be a challenge. Meanwhile, our teacher Liz and I have been practicing my violin duet -- it's been a real thrill to hear it come to life.
  • Got tickets to see The National in Vancouver in September -- probably my current favourite band, so that's pretty exciting. Also found out that our dear friend Shawna will be visiting us later in July!

  • A couple of weeks ago, my Facebook update was, " ...balsamroot and bitterroot, lupins and larkspur, woodland stars and shooting stars...our valley's meadows are full of wildflowers." They really have been spectacular, perhaps because of all the rain we've had since Larry and Pearl were here.
  • We zoomed out to Keremeos on Monday -- we love the Similkameen and always pick up curry at Sanderson's. Loaded up on other goodies there too, but passed on the imported cherries ($4/lb).
  • My birthday gallery for Jason turned into a cool group project on Flickr where a bunch of members of the group I manage have picked other members to profile with galleries. There are 16 there now, including two more that I did: shyrz landscapes and Trees of G.GASP. Yes, I spend way too much time on Flickr.

  • Other random tidbits I would have forgotten if not for FB status updates: a picnic at Thornhaven, a happy afternoon finding things to view under the microscope with Ivy, tons of time reading Lord of the Rings with the girls (finally finished!), finally did our taxes for last year, a couple of great pub nights with Andrew, a campfire with Myron and Ben, loving the Milagro Beanfield War movie...oh, and not changing any more diapers. Preferably forever.





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