Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Curious Incident


We went to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time last night (our Christmas present from my parents- thanks!) on Broadway.

We had a fabulous evening- we drove in a little early (isn't it crazy that with 3 of us going it's cheaper to drive and park in the garage 30 feet from the theater than take the train in?) and had a great dinner at the Mean Fiddler across the street before wandering around Times Square for a while, looking at all the people, the lights and the preparations for tonight's ball-drop.

The show was great- an amazingly cleverly staged detective mystery seen through the mind of a 15 year old boy. I won't go into the plot in case you want to read the book or go see the show, but will just say that you should definitely do either or both!


Crisp loved it- the only thing that got him riled was when the audience giggled at inappropriate moments. It's never explicitly mentioned, but it's pretty obvious that the lead character is high-functioning aspergers and the actors are wonderful and play it completely straight and not for laughs at all, but a couple of times there were nervous titters from people in the audience who were obviously made uncomfortable by some of his reactions to things.

All-in-all a wonderful evening and a great way to end the year on a high note- we had a blast- thanks Mum & Dad!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Six years with a dog

 I realized on the way to the woods to walk Holly this afternoon that is is six years since the Sunday between Christmas and New Year's in 2008 when we adopted her.

Holly in 2008
She's been part of the family ever since and I can't imagine life without her. We have walked many thousands of miles together (we average about 3 a day), and she guards us from every creak in the hallway or leaf that blows against the window ;)

Anyhow, in celebration of her adopt-iversary, here are a few of my favorite pictures of her from the last year :)

Holly in the woods
On the porch in Vermont
In a sunbeam
In front of the pond
Running in the sunshine


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

All is prepared


Just locked up after finishing the last piece of prep (a sound check with the guitarist for Silent Night- Blue Peter you have a lot to answer for!*), the church is all set, the presents are all wrapped, and Jackie has made a huge pot of delicious soup :)

I think we're ready...

* BBC kid's show Blue Peter used to do 2 things every year that I will always remember- they made an Advent crown out of coat hangers, and they told the apocryphal story of the writing of Silent Night

Christmas church :)


Forgot to post this yesterday (long day and I was tired), but click here to see a Facebook album of pictures of how beautiful the church looks :)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oh no...


Scratchy throat...cough...feeling kind of chilled and headachy... oh crap!

Well, Jackie had it and Crisp is still getting over it, so I suppose it was inevitable :(

Hopefully my iron constitution and about 3 million mg of vitamin C will let me fight it off :)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Super Sasha

Jackie had a little yarn left over from her latest project, so she knitted Sasha a little cape.

I don't think Sasha is showing the correct amount of gratitude.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Getting the church ready...

... for Rye, England (Anglophiles) Sunday.

The strains of "Jerusalem" and "God Save the Queen" will be heard tomorrow :)

Friday, December 05, 2014

Miles (literally) of cable!


We are installing a new, state-of-the-art phone and internet distribution system throughout the church buildings, and the wiring team has been working late into the night the last few days (I've just locked up after them as they left tonight).

So far they've run about 2.85 miles of cable- and they're probably about 3/4 done. This is where all the cables end up, in the nursery where they will build a new cabinet to house all the new high-tech gear.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas trees!


If 1 truck load of trees weighs 8 tons and is unloaded by 4 guys, how much has each guy moved?


Yes, I think I've had my exercise for the day :)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

2 turkeys!

Jackie carves the deep fried turkey while the oven cooked one waits patiently in it's bacon sweater :)

Both are delicious!

Fried turkey!

Success, now to see how it tastes!

The turkey is in!

No conflagration so far, now we cook it for 56 minutes :)

Turkey fryer

Burner lit, now we've just got to let it get to 350F.

Setting up for the turkey fry

Turkey derrick- check
Full propane tank (hose protected with foil)- check
Welding gloves- check
Fire extinguisher- check
Oil (not peanut due to nephew's allergies)- check

I'm ready :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

2 turkeys ready to go, 1 in the oven and 1 in the fryer :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

More preparation...

...10 lbs of potatoes peeled :)

Getting ready...

Stuffing is made and turkeys are brining-  a 20 pounder that's being cooked in the oven, a 14 pounder that's being deep fried, and a 6 pound breast to deep fry so we have leftovers for Friday :)

Finally...

...I get to try the winter tires- and so far they seem to be doing great :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Snow's a comin'


We seem to be solidly in the 6"-8" band for the snow that's coming tomorrow, but this year we've hired a new outfit to do our plowing (and all shoveling!) at the church. So I'm quite looking forward to watching through the window with a cup of coffee and my slippers on :)

But, just in case, I've just spent the last hour checking over my machines, topping up the oil and filling them up with nice, fresh gas and making sure they start easily. I hope I won't need them, but I always go on the belief that if you're prepared you won't need your preparations, if you're not you'll kick yourself for not being!