Saturday, March 29, 2014

More pictures

Here are a few more pictures of the tree in it's new home... along with some other picture I took around the church, playing with textures and perspectives (and the obligatory pictures of Holly, Jack and Natalie).

That's what we need...

... cages for the children ;)

Finishing the tree move

They came with the Bobcat to move the tree to it's new home at the top of the rectory drive today, and it looks totally at home :)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Back in the woods :)

It's been 2 weeks and Holly has shown no signs of a limp, so we're back for the first time in the woods.

This is the spot where the tennis ball usually comes out, so she's looking at me expectantly... but she'll have to be disappointed on that score for a little while longer ;)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Windy day walk

Holly and I have been gradually extending our walks, and today we're up to about 3.6 miles going up the Post Road to Osborn school, down Oakland Beach Ave and then home along Milton Road. Cold and bracing, 33F and very windy.

This route takes us past the old Milton Cemetery and as we passed all the hairs on Holly's back went up and she started looking over at the cemetery and growling. It was really odd as there was nothing there that I could see that would warrant this behaviour, and as soon as we were past she was back to normal as if nothing had happened... weird. I shall have to see if the same thing happens tomorrow.

Moving a tree

We are replacing the nursery school playground this summer, but to do so we need to move this little tree that was given as a memorial. Even though the playground work is not due to start for months if the tree is to stand a chance of surviving it has to be moved before it buds... hence the poor guys digging it up in 31F weather.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Holly update

It's been a week now since Holly's trip to the vet last Friday, so it's been a week since we've been to the woods. She's been having an anti-inflammatory morning and evening and we've been limiting her to leash walks- just around the church block morning and lunchtime, and then the longer block down to the high school in the afternoon (about a mile). I've also not been taking her around to open up the building in the mornings to avoid the various staircases as she doesn't seem to know how to go up or down a staircase without flinging herself at it :)

Anyway, the upshot is that it seems to be working- we've seen no evidence of a limp since last Friday :) My guess is that she had pulled or slightly torn something, and it just wasn't getting the chance to heal as she is so focused when running around the woods she ignored any discomfort. So, it's been a tough week for the cat (Holly has been refocusing some of her pent up energy on extra cat herding), but I think it's been worth it.

Today I decided we'd expand our horizons a little and add a little distance to our walk to use up some of that extra energy and start working towards normal activity, so we went on down the Post Road, past the High School and on to turn down onto Playland Parkway, down to Jody's and back along Milton Road- according to the gps in my phone a walk of 2 3/4 miles. We took it at Holly's pace (meaning I let her stop and sniff whatever she wanted- she needs the mental stimulation too) and she seems to be nicely tired out.

I'll keep an eye on her, but if there are no ill effects we'll keep that that walk for a couple of days, then expand a little at a time until we're up to about 4 miles by next Friday (which sounds a lot, but remember she usually does twice the 3 miles or so I do, and most of it's running), and then we'll head back, gently , to the woods and letting her off leash. Once we get to that stage we'll start with the short loop and work our way up gradually to our normal walk, but I'm going to wait until it's been a a good month before I start to phase the tennis ball back in.

So, that's the plan, fingers crossed it'll work out that way- I'm going almost as stir-crazy as Holly missing our walk in the woods every day ;)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Comfy cat

Sasha in her favorite place, on CJ's lap- with Holly looking on jealously :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Veronica Mars movie!

With Jackie & Colin... Squeeeee!

Staff pot luck supper

Just for fun :)

Jackie's pesto crusted salmon in the foreground, Ruaraidh & Manny making soup behind.

Slightly sad dog

Holly's intermittent limp in her left back leg has not gone away, so she spent the day at the vets today being sedated and xrayed to see if we can nail down a cause.

The vet said her knee seems sound, so she doesn't think it's a torn ACL or a dislocating knee cap (which is good- both of those are expensive surgeries), and there is a little thickening in her hip which could lead to arthritis later but shouldn't be causing this now. So basically she's had a very expensive nap that hasn't really told us anything new... but we've ruled some stuff out, so that's good.

The upshot is she's now on a heavy  antiinflammatory and 2 weeks of rest- no stairs, no walks off leash and nothing longer than round the block. This is going to be a long couple of weeks! I'm also going to put her on a stronger glucosamine  supplement as well and hopefully that will help heal whatever is causing this and then we can work her gently back up to normal activity.

But for tonight she's still a bit dozy from the sedation so she just wants to sleep, poor girl :(

He's had a hard week

That pile of what looks like old clothing on the floor is my son after a tough week at school ;)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

New headphones

Trying out a new set of Bluetooth headphones for listening to my music while walking the dog- Kinivo BTH240's.

I've never been totally comfortable with earbuds of any kind, and none of the wired headsets I've tried have had buttons that worked properly (to change the volume, switch tracks etc.) with my phone, so I thought I'd give these a try.

The Bluetooth connects right away and seems pretty rock solid, all the buttons do what they're supposed to and it even works fine to answer phone calls (it must have a mic somewhere). I was a little worried that the behind-the-head design wouldn't work too well with my glasses, but they're actually quite comfortable, and they don't seem to use any more battery than the wired headsets. The sound is a bit flat out of the box, but after a bit of a tweak with the phone's equalizer they sound pretty good, and on-ear headphones have a much more "expansive" feeling to their sound than any earbuds I've tried.

It's early days yet but so far for $30 I'm quite impressed :)

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Lent begins...

Last year I gave up shaving for Lent, this year I'm giving up my beard.

But of course I had to have some fun first :)

New church signs...

... very handsome, but you ain't seen nothing yet (watch this space!).