Sunday, December 01, 2019

Here Comes Christmas

I'd like to think that those years of homeschooling together will stick with them as they get older and pursue their own interests.
Sometimes now they still choose to work at the same table and ask each other it.
This guy passed his test and earned Bronze Medallion, Emergency First Aid and CPR.
Future Lifeguard?
And this in Bermuda.
Have fun. Bring back some warmth, it's freaking cold here.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Take Grade9s to Work Day

This is how the day ended....with A in the mayor's chair. 
Thanks Grandad for lunch. 
These two spent the day working for Building Services. Great experience. 

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Long Time No Post

The last project for the year.
What a difference, eh?

And, just some super cute photos of people in my life. 💓

Saturday, September 28, 2019

What's Been Up

These guys built a shed. 
(Thanks for the help UncleJ.)
I meal prepped for the week. 
Homework was completed. 
A race was run. 

Saturday, September 21, 2019


Every once in a while my guy has a day when his back pain drops to the level of 'nagging discomfort' (let's say a 3 on the pain scale).
It doesn't usually last very long and we've never been able to accurately pinpoint the magical combination of factors that bring it about. But when it happens, he's goofy, relaxed and less guarded.
It highlights for me how affected he is all those other days when he's operating from 4-10 on the pain scale. It means he doesn't often sleep well so he's tired and things he 'has' to do, like drive and work, are consistently uncomfortable and require constant changes in position. And, he's always trying to judge how far he can push himself without making it worse. For example, can he take E driving after dinner, or, did he use his driving time going to work and back? Things he wants to do are often out of the question (hikes, yardwork, travel, skating, or just sitting through a movie).
I'm not trying to be a party pooper here, just reflecting on how hard he works trying to reduce how much it affects our family. I forget sometimes that he's smiling through the pain, and then when I see a genuine almost pain free moment I can see the difference again.

PS. Please for the love of all that is good do not send us advice on fixing back pain. I'm pretty gosh darn sure you haven't thought of something he isn't currently doing or hasn't tried and rejected. If you do feel you must, please check against the list below before forwarding. Cold packs, heat pads, back supports and/or pillows, massage, osteo, chiro, physio, vitamin b, fish oil, inversion tables, orthotics, yoga, weight training, anti-inflammatory meds and pain pills.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019


I got to help this guy with his homework for the first time. 
Well, homework that wasn't assigned by me.
There's been a major reno job going on around here. 
It's not quite finished but ... almost. 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

New to Date

Believe it.
Hockey is getting geared up to start. 
And, the construction continues!

Thursday, August 22, 2019


This guy is working on his road skills.
And this guy is on vacation out West. 
Missing you A!

Thursday, August 08, 2019

New Work

This was something new for me ... Concrete!
Good thing I had some muscle around to help get it where it needed to be.
And they learned a couple new skills.
It's not a huge space, 72ft² but it greatly (!!) improves the functionality of the area. 
Love it!! Thanks for the help Norm. 

Christmas Flurry....of Pictures