Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011


As the nursery school is closed today for the Jewish holiday I have spent a happy morning up in the roof running cables for new wireless access points so their new laptops can connect.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Rector?

I just came in to lock up the church after the Confirmation kids left to find Sasha very comfortable in the Rector's stall... better watch out Susan, I think someone has an eye on your job :)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011


Holly has embarked on a possible new career today- as a goose-chasing dog (no, the picture above is not Holly, it's another Border Collie seeing off a goose).

A friend of mine from the church is a personal trainer who works with a family that has a house right on Long Island Sound, just south of Rye Beach. Now people who live there have a huge problem with wild geese on their lawns- a nice, manicured lawn right by the water is just what a goose is looking for- and apparently no dog is better at seeing off geese than a Border Collie. Supposedly it has something to do with the way they move and look that makes geese see them as natural predators, more than other dogs.

Anyway, this family has been paying a service who come with 2 Border Collies every day and  do a quick loop of their property and charge quite a lot of money. My friend suggested that maybe I could come over every other day or so with Holly and see if she would do the same. So today I went over to meet them and see if this could work. Unfortunately, as it's absolutely pissing down today, there were no geese to chase, but we chatted and then I went and roamed around their large property with Holly for about half an hour, threw a tennis ball for her, she swam from their beach, and we generally had a good romp around. We agreed that I would pop over at lunchtime every other day or so and we'll see how it goes.

It won't be as good exercise for me as tromping round Saxon Woods, but I figure if I can do this 2 or 3 times a week at lunchtime it will be a lot more convenient once it starts getting dark earlier, and with geese and/or a tennis ball to chase and the option of swimming until it gets too cold, I think Holly will enjoy it- and if she needs a little more we can do the short loop at Saxon Woods or have a run at the park as well on those days. We didn't discuss money- I had said we should see how it goes and if it works in a few weeks they can give me something if they want to- but access to a huge yard with a private beach less than 5 minutes away is worth it in itself!

We'll see how it goes once there are actually geese to chase...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

He's in the right place:)

Huge praying mantis on the window of my office.


I spent an hour in the dentist's chair this morning, the first visit to get an impression taken and have a tooth prepped for a new crown.

I'd not been back at work for more than 1/2 an hour and was chatting with Susan when I heard a crack and found this in my mouth- it's 1/2 of the temporary crown he'd put it.

So I'm off back to see if they can glue it in. Luckily I'm still numb so if he has to do anything else hopefully I won't feel it...!

Update, 1:45. He put in a whole new temporary crown and hopefully this one will last the 10 days 'til the proper crown comes back from the lab. Now the novocaine's wearing off it hurts like a bitch :(

Monday, September 19, 2011


Arrrgh! It be Talk Like a Pirate Day matey!

This be one o' me favourite days o' the year as it generates lots o' doubloons for me on CafePress when people buy T-shirts I designed a few years ago :)

Why not sail on over and buy one so you'll have it for next year- or else I'll keel-haul yer!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

@ Kathie's

Barbecue for Jody's birthday.

Jackie's cousin George came, and Crispy has hit it off with his son James (they're discussing Minecraft), and I think Eddie's boys are smitten by his daughter Michelle. Ruaraidh came over too and has hit it off with Matthew. A fun afternoon :)

Parish Picnic

In full swing :)

Parish Picnic

The set-up crew showed up and we're ready well ahead of schedule :)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

All(most) done :)

Finally (!) finished resetting the church from this afternoon's funeral ready for tomorrow: pews straightened, frontal changed, hymn numbers changed, bulletins set out, name tags distributed in pews, silver put out etc. Now I just have to move the grill round onto Rectory Street and hope that all the people who signed up to help with the picnic actually show up tomorrow ;)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Back to School Night

Jackie checking our schedule in the first class (Language Arts with Mr Sarig).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

World Trade Center Lights

After our Evening Prayer service this evening we waited 'til dark and drove down to the public pier by American Yacht Club to see if we could show Crispy the twin beams of light from the World Trade Center memorial. Unfortunately it was just too hazy to actually see them shining up into the sky, but the we could just see the glow to the right of the bridge in the distance.

Friday, September 09, 2011

XKCD again

Another cartoon from XKCD that made me giggle this morning (I am such a geek!)

Thursday, September 08, 2011


Just got a text from the Rye Police:

"Blind Brook level has fallen/risen; clearing trend but still expecting runoff; continue flood precautions/awareness"

While I appreciate them keeping me updated I wish they'd make their minds up ;)
Crispian Thorne
Verger, Christ's Church, Rye, NY - (914) 967-1749 x222

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Big tree down...

... in Saxon Woods right across the trail- but this might be too much for my handy-dandy pocket chainsaw :(

The ground is so soggy and soft that I'm surprised there aren't more down. After the rain yesterday water started to come in through the foundations in the boiler room at the church again, so I had to rig a second pump this morning as a precaution.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Friday, September 02, 2011

Dinner at Bar Taco

Jackie & Crisp spent an hour or so cleaning his room, chucked a lot of stuff and filled 2 huge boxes of stuff to donate while I went to walk the dog, now we're dining al fresco before we head to the movies :)

Fun in the sun

Sandwich lunch and mini-golf on the boardwalk at Playland to celebrate the end of summer :)

Getting ready...

... for the new school year.

Crispy's homework desk all cleared off and ready for action.

Crispy's reaction: "Ughh! ".