Sunday, November 28, 2010

Long time no post

A few unimportant updates from the past couple of months.

For the past few half a year our washer was telling us it wanted to die. After every load a little more grease, oil and water was leaking out from under it. Our dryer was also taking longer and longer to dry clothes. So we bought a new pair a couple of weeks ago. Cool new frontload, electronic, LG appliances. I've never had new a new washer or dryer; it almost makes doing laundry fun. Both the washer and dryer play a little ditty when they start up and when they shut down. Plus they have cool LED lights. I'm not convinced that the washer takes any less time but it definitely uses less water.

I went up to Lake Memesagamasing for the deer hunt in November. It was the first time that I have been hunting with a rifle. I'm not use to walking through the bush with a 8lb rifle on my back; I fell over more than a few times. The hunting party was a little smaller this year and we only bagged one deer (a joint effort between my brother-in-law Tim and the cottage neighbour and all-round awesome guy Mr. Mathews). The deer were scarce this year - I didn't even take my safety off. But as always a great time was had by all. Plus I only got lost once this year (and technically I wasn't "lost"; I knew where I was I just didn't know where I needed to go).

My parents came down for a quick visit in October. It's been a while since we had some time to just visit together. We hit the farmers market Saturday morning and just relaxed in the afternoon. It was good to spend time with them.

I haven't been taking hardly any photos lately. It's been a combination being busy and not making the effort to get out and shoot. I want to get out and shoot more, I just need to make the time. I'd like to get more into portraits and have been considering making a concerted effort to find subjects to practice on. Let me know if you want to be such a subject.

We got one of our retaining walls redone in October. It was built by the previous owner of our house and was basically stacked flagstone. That might be good enough for a fence but not for a retaining wall. The new wall  was done by Black Diamond Landscaping (email address - no website). It was built in less than 5 hours and looks really solid. If you use them, let them know I sent you.

We got a small amount of snow yesterday. Seamus couldn't get enough of the stuff. He ran and ran and rolled and rolled. He even started digging in it (which quickly turned into digging into our grass - that behaviour won't be tolerated). Here's a quick pic of the dog in all his snowy glory.
I think that's all the important stuff. I'll do my best to keep this blog thing more up-to-date.