Monday, November 30, 2009


(It's on the internet, so it MUST be true, eh?)

Except that there seems to be no other online references to the famed Scots linguist...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Chloe in print

Here she is, Sears week 4 November flyer as promised. Chloe looking a little puzzled, and with some other kid photoshopped in front like she's really tall. There were much better shots than this but I guess they liked it as she was undoing the present.

One for her portfolio.
Click it for the full sized image

Thursday, November 19, 2009

After the parade

Simon and Fiona, hand in hand, follow the crowd and help carry stuff home.

Santa Parade '09

A great time was had by all.....Simon and Fiona wait to see Santa, Moppets got some PR, and the Lady Godiva Band played....well they tried.

Dad and Chloe wait for Santa....


Does anybody recall a (yellow) plastic chiclet dispensing machine in the kitchen in Stoney Creek?
I think it actually took pennies and gave out the little 2 packs like we used to see at Halloween.

What was that doing there? Where'd it come from? or did I dream it....

Friday, November 13, 2009

Flu Update - the finale

My turn. I knew it was too good to be true that I could walk through this illness unscathed.

Although it's been three weeks since we got the vaccines -- you'd think I be immune.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lest we forget...

With the whole family working through the flu, it was prudent not to bundle us up and go to the the cenotaph yesterday. Susan had a brilliant idea to reflect on the cost of war. It's hard to put the cost into perspective. So she looked up the number of Canadians who died in WWII. Turns out to be 42,789. So we spend much of the day drawing one cross on a page for each Canadian who died in that war. Took about 4 hours, with all of us working at various paces through the day.
many blocks of crosses, some interwoven art and messages.

I found it particularly interesting that at one point, it really felt like I was drawing cemeteries on the countryside.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

what do you get when you cross

a cat in the hat with a butterfly?
why tinkerbell of course!

the manners club kid

Judi Vankevich known as the MANNERS LADY was in town. We got to see her on concert and Fiona was part of the Manners Kids on stage!
with her are three of the neighbourhood gals who came along to the concert too!

Flu Update part III

Natalie is better. Benjamin is sick today.

I feel like a walking time-bomb waiting for my turn.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

musical notes

Further to Lorne's notes -- and because my excerpts were too long to fit on a notes section of the blog:

Probably both those songs caught Dad's attention as popular recordings of pieces that were easy to learn when he first learned to play guitar. Pete Seeger recorded a version of Jimmy Crack Corn that was probably in the mainstream radio playlist in the late 50's, and the same is true of a recording of Big Rock Candy Mountain by Burl Ives, whom I know Dad liked.

From Wikipedia, see further quite interesting info re:

"Big Rock Candy Mountain"

"Blue Tail Fly", "De Blue Tail Fly", or "Jimmy Crack Corn"

Flu Update part II

David is back at work, but it's Natalie's turn now.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

time for a song!

Looks like dave should be singing the song Lorne and Simon did in the summer!
Hope you're getting better every hour!
hugs from the farm
where we're as healthy as we can be

cigarette trees

Don't know how it came up today but I had the tune Jimmy Crack Corn in my head. the wonder of frostwire and youtube brought back the whole song along with 'big rock candy mountain'.

I probably haven't heard those in like 40 + years (ok, the jimmy crack corn one was a candy corn commercial in the 70's or 80's but that doesn't count). I remember Dad singing those and playing guitar for us.
did you guys know what they are about? One is a slave tune about his master being killed and the court not charging him with murder and the other is about depression era hobo/bums dreaming of cigarettes, cooked food and all the booze they could drink at their disposal. I wondered where dad picked it up from. Ann said that grandpa played guitar. I wonder if he played it for them when they were kids.

Odd little bits still rattling around from those days.

Flu update

The vaccines are working! Dave feels much better this morning, although weak.

And, for the record, he says that this flu feels just like the one four years ago -- the one that had him quarantined in the basement for ten days.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

H1N1 in Calgary

Despite standing in line for four hours last Friday for the flu vaccine, Dave has come down with the flu. We've been told that all the flu in Calgary right now is swine flu, so he's got it. He's quarantined in the guest room and the kids wave at him from the door. The only thing we can hope at this point is that his immune system has a one-week head start fighting this thing. So far it is not as bad as the flu that he got five years ago, but it's only been less than 24 hours.


ok, better late than never.
Here's the pictures from the June 6th world record attempt for the most people playing the same song at the same time. At Dundas Square, song was Helpless (Neil Young).
It was a fun afternoon even though we were only 1700 and change, about 100 short of a new record.

Friday, November 06, 2009

many faces of fiona

Here are some recent pix and the great news that came home from school today!

Monday, November 02, 2009

before the squirrels

Here's the pumpkins before the squirrels got to eating them completely!

Ready to cut

Look what I found!

Scarey OOOoooo!
And a kiss for Mike

Halloween in the Hood

And here they are...
Pirate Chloe and Simon in his Home made (mostly mom and Grandma) Buzz Lightyear costume. It was a big hit


Ready to go

Trick or treat, thank you, happy halloween, good bye...'I said all the things and look! CANDY CANDY CANDY!"

The ill booten gotty.