Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Post Labour Day Weekend

I busted out my KTM black and orange colours to start the school year.  I was inspired by the idea that if I had motorcycle gear on, I'd rip and burn through this school year as quickly as possible - somewhat like how I ride.  Will it happen?  Who knows.  The year will be great though I am sure and I was looking forward to getting it going.

We had a good long weekend.  There was a lot of outdoor activities done.  Nothing was really any better than the others we did - however I got some pictures at the fish pond.  A few of us hit the spring fed watering hole to wrestle with a few rock bass.  It is easy, easy fishing.  Rod, reel, line, barb-less hook worms.  The reel doesn't even have to work.  So long as you can get the business end of the equation into the water - the fish are begging for it.  Every cast nets a fish.  What more can you ask for?

Most fish are bigger than this Larry!
 And Shelly, Rachel, and Molly were also having quite a fine time...

So the move into the new house was pretty exciting of course...  We had a great summer and writing about that was really fun - But the other event and topic which is near and dear right now is Shelly and she is pregnant.  I should, but don't exactly have my math correct, but I want to say she has surpassed 20 weeks in and is due around the first third part of  January.  I am decent with math, but I must confess this biology and math is a bit past me...  Shelly may even be 21 or 22 weeks into things.  A date of January 10th has been calculated.  So there you go.  Most people we work with know and family of course...

Shelly is not only looking great, but feeling great too.  So good on you Shelly, and maybe you've got another 4 more pregnancies in ya to get me to six kids - The half dozen.  What I have always wanted!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Flooring Down and In

We were really excited to put some new foundation down in one of the main rooms and through/into a bedroom.  It totally 600 square feet with a few odd corners and crops to get around.  There was carpet down, but it had all of its life taken from it; it was no longer secured to the floor in spots, a few noticeable stains, and the like.

The sub floor was in good shape - so there was nothing stopping us once I rounded up some equipment and some good help.  I got my roofers on the job; Bruce and Warren.  I figured since we shingled the Quebec Street house last year, how different could this task be?  Well - the fellers said by the end roofing is a lot easier.  They said something to the effect that you can make more mistakes on a roof that don't get noticed, compared to flooring.
This is the real stuff.  I got the real tongue and groove stuff.  It is Maple.  It is real light in some spots, but every now and again there are some dark, grainy highlights of swirls and twirls in the wood.  It looks quite sharp if I do say so myself.  The deal sealer, which I don't have pictures of it yet, is the baseboard.  I got some kiln-dried, Mennonite milled, red oak from a feller up near St. Helen's.  I finished it with a semi glossed polyurethane.  I was told to stain it, give it a light sanding, then wipe it clean, and then repeat.  I really got into that and was so happy of its finished look.  I got the quarter round too.

Anyway - it all turned out great.  I have a bit of fixing to do on the pop-up bar cover on the floor.  But for now, a mat will hide those errors and miscuts.  My transition from a bit of a hallway and into a room, then back into a closet went seamlessly!




Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Decent Drop


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There are just things like this all over the place.  Well - they have varying degrees of heights, lengths, widths, steepnesses, difficulties and so on.  I had enough of time, at first, riding a 12 foot long, rail-road tie width obstruction (1 foot drop).  By the end of the week it wasn't a problem.  Everything looks so easy and small, but once over, on top of, or behind - you soon get a different perspective.

The quality and composition of the bicycles makes so much difference.  I was riding an all-mountain type bike with 5 inches of suspension on the rear wheel and of course shocks on the front forks.  You really have to use the bike to your advantage.  It will ride over rocks and logs with ease.  You have to trust it to do so, and keep your speed up, but they mostly will do what you ask it to do.  Lower the seat.  Lean way back.  Keep hard on the rear brake - easier on the front....

Trevor rode his down hill bike all the time.  It was much heavier (45lbs?), lacked climbing/granny gears, and had more suspension at the rear.  So a bike such as this somewhat glides or slices over the west coast hinderances.

So Rossland would boast 150km+ of trails within 10km of its downtown core.  These trails are over and through the wickedest terrain.....  They are well marked, mapped, ridden, walked, and enjoyed by many. They are multi- seasonally used as well.

A group around Goderich is trying to put a 5km long trail from Point Farms to the airport in Goderich.  The land is significantly more viable to put a trail in terms of its geological properties - but it is on the outer shoulder of a highway with a good volume of traffic.

But my point - There seems to be a bunch of reservations and obstacles putting in 5km of trails around here - and out west the abundance of trails and the support of build and maintain them is unquestionable.  It is too bad.

Cool Gap Jump

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A six to seven foot gap we jumped a few times at the ski hill.  This is video of Trevor hitting and clearing it no problem - Same went for myself, but with only a bit of a problem...  So I did it 3 or 4 times and then had it under control. 


Pictures are of yours truly



























Swinging

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Out at Nancy Green Lake a few days ago...

Trevor racing down Pay Dirt..


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Some pictures from Rossland

Lots of good times out here.  We've all been biking and swimming, huckleberry picking, and spelunking.  I have added in a few runs.  I am glad I have a great base of fitness as being out west with less than ideal cardio is not a wise move...  I have mostly been able to keep up and be on the wheel of the younger Macaulay.  All has been really fun and exciting.  





The weather has been sooooo terrific.  Hot.  Sunny.

The food has been delicious and the drinks cool and plentiful.


Molly has had a great time.  She actually has had pictures with her cousins back in July of 2012, but this time it is much more real.  


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Delays

On our way out to Rossland, BC, but have been stuck in the London airport with a mechanical problem on the plane.  Would you believe the plane's de-icing caution light is engaged, and that is enough to ground it. That was at 9:00.  It is now 3:30.  We'll be another thirty probably.

Our spirits are high...  No meltdowns or incidences....  but is has been a mighty long wait.

We ended up getting to Vancouver at 9:00 local time.  We got a hotel right at the airport.  It was a nice room.  Anyway - we flew out at 7:00 am and got to Rossland.  It was a long 30 hrs., but we made it to Tara and Trevor's awesome place...

Awesome place.