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Gymnastics PDF Print E-mail
Hazel
Sunday, 18 April 2010 20:00
We enrolled Hazel in a gymnastics course and her first class was today. She can now stand like a stork.
 
Words and actions PDF Print E-mail
Sam
Sunday, 18 April 2010 20:00
Sam isn't speaking yet but he certainly is trying. This past week he's figured out how to put his boots on and he very proudly puts on his little yellow boots and tramps around the house in them. Most mornings I get a funny sounding "Bye!" and a wave as I'm heading out the door to work.
 
Tricycle PDF Print E-mail
Hazel
Saturday, 17 April 2010 20:00
Hazel has shown interest in trying out the beaten-up tricycle the neighbors gave us now that the weather has turned warmer. At first she could only go downhill and needed help with a good push coming back up the street. She got frustrated very easily and would stamp her feet and say "I do not like this!" whenever she couldn't figure out whether to push forward or back with her feet on an incline. But over the past couple of weeks she's gotten much better and she really only needs a nudge now when she hits a big curb. She's even ridden her tricycle all the way to the library where she exclaimed to Aline "My feet are tired!"
 
No more biting PDF Print E-mail
Hazel
Sunday, 11 April 2010 20:00
As retold by Aline: Hazel was teasing Sam (which she denies) so he bit her. She left the room closing the door on her way out and told Sam he was in a time out then she went to her room. He eventually followed her and I heard her come out and say to him . . . "Do you know what I didn't like about what you did? You bit me and that is not a nice thing to do. Never ever ever ever do that again."
 
Enchanted April PDF Print E-mail
Performances
Friday, 09 April 2010 20:00
Synopsis - Four English women break free of their rain-drenched every day life by renting a run down castle in Italy. Once there they are surprised to discover romance, secrets and redemption. Not really my cup of tea.
 
Maple Goodness PDF Print E-mail
Short Story
Friday, 12 March 2010 19:00
Every spring my wife laments the forest of maple trees in our backyard and how their roots and shade will affect our little garden plot.

This year she decided to embrace them instead.

Read more...
 
Here comes the sun PDF Print E-mail
Morsels
Sunday, 07 March 2010 19:00
Week two of our inaugural maple syrup run is looking good. Too good.

I see with both enthusiasm and alarm that the high for the next three days will be 10 degrees. That's going to do great things for our sap production which seems to be a little more than 2 litres per tree per day. But we've already reached the limits of our storage capacity. We need more containers to store the sap. More burners to boil the sap. And more pots to put the sap in.

We've reached a classic business conundrum. Our anticipated maple syrup savings are being wiped out by our growing capital investment costs.

Business sucks.
 
Sugar Shack 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Maple Syrup
Sunday, 07 March 2010 14:20

Every spring, summer and fall Aline laments the amount of shade we have in our backyard and how poorly it affects the garden harvest. Well this year we've decided to embrace the trees and suck some of their life force out of them .... we are making maple syrup. Aline's folks had some unused buckets and spigots to pass along so we've tapped 10 trees in our first attempt.


Production costs and savings
Item Cost
10 buckets, lids and spigots Free hand-me-downs from Aline's folks
Salton double burner $22 sale price at Canadian Tire
Coffee filters Already on hand
Pots and containers Already on hand
Two 12 quart stockpots $38.13

Total costs to date: $60.13
Total savings to date: 3 litres worth of syrup = $30

 

Noteworthy
Date Notes

Monday March 1, 2010 No production on first warm day. Just one teaspoon of syrup.
Tuesday March 2, 2010 First taste test of about 300 ml syrup!
Saturday March 6, 2010 Sunny. Family brunch with to celebrate homemade syrup!
Monday March 8, 2010 Oh oh, Wasn't cold enough last night. Sap production suffered!
Thursday March 11, 2010 Picking up new 12 quart stockpots today . . .
 
Maple syrup production PDF Print E-mail
Morsels
Sunday, 28 February 2010 19:00
Every spring, summer and fall Aline laments the amount of shade we have and how poorly it affects the garden harvest. Well this year we've decided to embrace the trees and suck some of their life force out of them .... we are making maple syrup.

Aline's dad came over on the weekend with some unused buckets, lids and spigots and we've tapped 10 trees. The upcoming week is supposed to be above zero so we'll know soon enough how our backyard operation will fare.

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Pottytime PDF Print E-mail
Sam
Friday, 19 February 2010 19:00
Sam is finally getting the idea of what a potty is for. Until recently he's been far too busy to actually stay seated on a potty for even 10 seconds but we had a breakthrough today as he had a successful dump all on his own.
 
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