White-Out

By , October 16, 2000 00:00

Should I or shouldn’t I? I think not.

I guess I missed a week there. Oops. That was because last weekend I was down at a wedding in Washington, DC and was not back into Ottawa until late Monday night. On the way back, it was the first snow I’ve seen of the year. In fact, there were several times where it was nearly a complete white-out crossing through some of the hills. It really is great to see the snow back again. So with snow on the mind, why am I thinking of swimming? Well mostly because tonight I hope to be swimming in the most wonderful Atlantic ocean with the moon casting it’s silvery reflection between myself and it’s quiet secret in the heavens. I’m flying out tonight for Palm Beach and I’ll be staying right on the ocean. Mmmmmm … to sleep to the sound of the waves. Memories …

Milkshakes

By , October 2, 2000 00:00

Good morning. Here I am, sitting bleary eyed and not-so-wide-awake on Monday morning after spending the weekend down at my grandparents in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. I love both going to my grandparents and also visiting with my sister who lives with them and who turned the ripe old age of 20 years old this last Friday. We didn’t too much exciting when we were there, but I think the best part of it is just the talks over dinner and sitting in the living room, talking and playing marbles. I wouldn’t want to do anything more. We arrived at around 22:00 on Friday night and Grandma and Grandpa were still up so we got to spend a little time visiting while my sister spoke with everyone in my family. Afterwards, my brother, sister and I all went out for milkshakes before hitting the bed around midnight. On Saturday, my sister had to work in the morning, so we sat and talked mostly in the morning. In the afternoon, we all went on a walk along one of the scenic canals. For supper, my brother, sister and I all went out to the Lone Star and just talked about everything and anything. That night, we stayed up and talked again before heading to bed. Then yesterday, we were up and out to meeting bright and early before heading back to a wonderful roast beef dinner. You might think eight hours is a long way to go for a visit like this, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. Smile.

Brush Strokes

By , September 25, 2000 00:00

Another Monday morning! Another reason to smile … for health, and for strength, and for the fresh air to breathe. On Saturday night, I was down in Montreal for supper and to wander around Old Port Montreal and look at the fascinating paintings and art galleries. There were so many interesting paintings that I would have loved to take home with me, but the cost was outrageous. I find that the most phenominal paintings are the ones which attempt an emulation of nature, but can’t quite do it justice. And of course, this is the way it would be … No one could possibly match the brush strokes which God uses in Creation. The colors and textures can only be copied, never matched. Autumn is the most beautiful time of year, when blankets and goose down duvets are brought out. Time to sit around the fire, sip hot chocolate, go for romps in the woods and out to Black Point. It also sometimes brings painful dreams. Saturday night. But I’m still thankful – and smiling.

Spaghetti

By , September 18, 2000 00:00

This is a bad time to be updating my page. I mean, sure, I’m updating the information on a Monday like I’m supposed to, but I’m doing it at 23:00 and I don’t have any new picture to upload. We’ll see if I can get that done tomorrow morning before you discover that I slipped up. Regardless of new pictures or not, I can tell you that this weekend I was down at my sister’s in Toronto. It was a lot of fun to play with my niece and nephew. We all went downtown to the Old Spaghetti Factory for … guess what …. spaghetti. You can just imagine how much fun it is to eat spaghetti at a restaurant with two little kids and try to keep the noses from running and the faces clean – woo hoo. I love it. I’m not kidding. So what else is new though? I was out on my bike tonight just cruising around. It’s been a while since I did that, and everytime I get back to it, I forget how much fun it is. Maybe one day I can take you so you’ll understand. Smile!!

No More Boxes

By , September 11, 2000 00:00

So I guess you could say that I’m getting a little travelling done. I just got back last night from the Scranton conference in Pennsylvania. I don’t think there’s many people who could be disappearing on weekends quite like myself. Anyway, Teddy, Mats and I all drove down on Friday after work and had a good time, if only for two short days. The reading was on Luke 22:22-30 and how we needed to humble ourselves because of the One who walks among us. In fact, the subject of humility and our failure tended to be the theme of the conference brought out very nicely in contrast with the One who is everything. I also got to see my older brother and his wife who are headed down today to Florida. Although I was just down there, it’s always nice to visit. Oh yes, I’m now moved into the new house (did I mention that before) and most of my things are slowly finding their way out of the boxes. Smile all.