Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Excellent eggs!

My son...

... the short-order cook :)

Jackie & I get to take a break...

... as Crisp is cooking dinner tonight- bacon and scrambled-eggs on toast :)

Getting ready...

Spent a happy morning (and then some) decorating the parish hall.

The old Advent wreath I used to hang from the balcony was looking a bit long in the tooth, so I swapped it out for an Angel :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A spot of gardening...

... as it's so warm.

Cutting back and repotting the rose outside our bathroom window (and Holly's helping!).

Friday, November 25, 2011

Checking the lights...

... on the tree now that it's dark. Looks good :)

The van is back!

It turns out it was a missing tensioner on the power-steering belt. The garage just charged for the labor and the tow, so we're very relieved :)

I was worried it was going to be many hundreds of dollars instead of just one- so I'm giving thanks for honest mechanics and the luck that it happened in the parking lot so we didn't make it worse by having to drive it!

Thanksgiving at Jody's

And here are a few pictures from Thanksgiving at my mother-in-laws :)

An artist at work :)

David looking pensive- or confused ;)

Jacob with a lettuce leaf

Jacob & David


Who says electronics have killed the art of conversation?

Christian & Luke up to no good!


Thanksgiving in the woods

I took my DSLR with me when I went to walk Holly yesterday- so here are some of the pictures :)

Sleek dog in the sun...

...and in the shade :)

I'm running!

It was warm enough to go for a swim in her stream...

...and play with her ball

Noble beastie

I like this one especially :)

Sick van

Just to add to all the fun yesterday, the power steering went on the minivan. Thank goodness our mechanic is working today, so he just came to pick it up... hopefully it's not going to be too expensive!

It must be Black Friday...

... Mr Greggy is here to put the lights on the tree in the parking lot :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Another brilliant post from XKCD-

You'll have to zoom in to see it (click on it to go to the XKCD page, then click on it again and look for the zoom buttons in the top, left corner), but it's very thought provoking!

Monday, November 21, 2011

At La Herradura...

... Mexican restaurant in Mamaroneck for Jackie's birthday :)


... unloaded!

Now they just need to be sorted and stacked on their racks :)

Christmas trees!

The truck just arrived with our trees for the First Annual Christ's Church Cristmas Tree Sale!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

... and cake...

... with candles blown out :)


... with candles...

Creeper cake

Crispy's Minecraft cake (I'll add a picture from the game later so you can see what an awesome job Jackie did).

Here is a picture of the Creeper from the game-

And if you're interested you can learn more on the Minecraft Wiki page :)

The never-ending birthday ;)

Pizza in the parish hall with the family to finish off celebrating Crispy's birthday, and start celebrating Jackie's :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ward Pound Ridge

Site of the old firetower tower, highest spot in the reservation :)

Day off hike

Absolutely lovely morning, brisk (34F), clear and not a cloud in the sky.

So Holly and I decided to come out and do the blue trail at Ward Pound Ridge :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mother and son

My two favorite people!

Happy Birthday Crispy!

Happy 12th birthday to our fabulous son!

We're at Pizza & Brew for a birthday dinner after a visit to Gamestop for a reload card for one of his online games, and FYE for a couple of comedy CDs.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Finally Fall in the woods

It finally feels properly like fall today, cooler and windy and the leaves are changing colour and falling. So I took my camera with me when I went to walk the dog in Saxon Woods (as I do every day) earlier this afternoon-

Holly playing chase with a couple of friends

"Come on- keep up!"

A rare restful moment

Back to running full tilt

I love this time of year, there's one spot where I come up over a hill and am greeted by this vibrant splash of colour- it only lasts a week or so, but it's gorgeous while it lasts

Target tree- I have to throw a tennis ball through the V of the tree before we can continue :)