Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Birds & Butterflies

I got home from work today and mom told me we had a birds nest in a hanging flower pot on our porch. A Purple Finch has made a nest in there and mom noticed it flying out of the pot so she took it down to see what was there. The finch had laid four of her own eggs but there was a fifth egg and it was larger and a different colour. Dad did some looking on the net and found out the fifth egg was from a cow bird. She comes along and lays her egg with another bird's eggs and even sometimes kicks one egg out to put her own in. Then when the chicks hatch the cow bird steals all the food and the others end up dying, so dad removed the cow bird's egg.

Mom asked me to see if I could get a picture of the finch on her nest but I was not successful. I was only able to get a picture of the nest.

The impostor in the nest

While I had my camera out I thought I would take some pictures in the wheat field that we have around us. I am not sure if I have mentioned it on here or not, but I really like wheat fields and there are more than normal around this year.

I was hoping to get a picture of the Monarch flying but I was only able to get this picture then my batteries died and while I was changing my batteries it flew away. Dad was saying that Milk Weed is the only thing that the Monarch eats and that is what it is resting on, or feeding on.

My friends this is a wheat field. WOW Ok ok I know you're not as excited as I am.

Here are a few shots that looked kind of nice, I thought.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Yes This is the Right Blog

Sorry if you thought you had entered the wrong link to get to my blog. Ya things look a little different around here. I was ready for a change so I did some house cleaning and this is what I came up with. I am not sure if it will stay, but I will see what kind of reviews it gets and go from there. Let me know what you think, was it a good move???

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Time Check

I am just posting to see if my post time is correct now.
This week has gone by so fast. I just have a few pictures to catch you up on what I have been up to the last few days.

This rabbit was in the front yard of one of the houses we were working on. He was so kind as to let me take several pictures of him.

Our most recent destruction of a chimney.

It looks a little like an unfinished jigsaw puzzle. Accept all the pieces are the same shape.

The finished puzzle.

This morning I went to a farmers market in Etobicoke to help Thames River Berries sell there produce. We got to leave at 4:30 am so that we can be there and be set up by 7. I got home at about 4:30pm.

We had 150 flats of Strawberries, they didn't sell all that well but we still sold 115 flats.

Thames River Berries makes their own honey, well their bees do..

New crop potatoes so nicely displayed.

The mountain of Asparagus.
The sea of berries.
I am going to go take a nap for a while before I go play some soccer this evening.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Birthdays, Burgers and Buggies

Saturday most of our family went to Mark & Rebekah's to celebrate Ada and Steph's Birthdays. They turned 58, well that is if you combine both their ages. They are both a little younger then that still. After lunch all of us guys took a trip to Costco while some of the ladies went to Fabricland.

Kyla and I with Tim and his two daughters Mika and Shaelyn in the back ground.
Kyla sure does pull the funny faces.

Mika and Shaelyn showing us who they can dance.

Shaelyn and Grandpa playing.

There just doesn't ever seem to be enough food. JK
My two old sister in laws, I mean aging, I mean......................

We have a lot of Amish in our neck of the woods. I don't think I have ever gotten a picture of one so I took this one while I was driving yesterday. Not the best time to do it but it worked.

Monday Mark & Rebekah took Dad, Mom and I out for supper at Swiss Chalet. It was an excellent meal. Getting our picture taken by the waiter was Rebekah's favorite part of the evening. First he was at the other end of the table and he was backing into the people in the back ground of this picture, because he could not get back far enough to get us all in the picture. Then he came to the other end and he was trying to find us on the screen on my camera but he had the camera pointed over at the people at the next table and he couldn't figure out why he couldn't see us. We were try to smile for the picture but not burst out laughing because he didn't have a clue what he was doing. Anyways this was the best picture, it is a little blurry but at least we are all in this one.

This is the most resent Chimney we have done. We just finished it this morning.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Bucking Bobcat

Has it really been ten days since I last blogged well I guess it has, right Rebekah? She called up tonight and while she was talking she mentioned that I needed to get something new on here. So how am I doing so far, I have something on here now. You must feel like you are totally filled in on what is going on in my life by now.

Ok maybe I should actually tell you something. Last Friday my Uncle John and Aunt Heather and their three kids came over for supper. We had a good time together. We had some of Mom's world famous burgers and sausages. (She didn't make the sausages, but they were still good.) I showed them my pic's from Mozambique while they were here as well.

Saturday there was a Bible Conference in Burgessville just a few minutes from where I live. I went to it and was challenged by many of the things that were said. I also got to see James and Nelly and their four kids Levi, Simon, Andrew and Natalia. They are the missionaries from Mexico that I go down to visit. They are back here in Canada for two months. It was so good to see them. Simon's new eye looks great, he is wearing glasses as well because the site in his other eye is not the best.

Sunday afternoon I got to see some pictures from a friends trip to Zambia back in January. We don't get together very often, but it was good to hear how his trip went and the changes it has made in his life.

I have been very encouraged this week. There is a group of young people that I have been spending sometime with for the last several months. I know it has been a desire for many of us to be able to come to the place where we can share openly with each other about spiritual things and what God is teaching us. We are all Christians, but it is so much easier to just talk about the week and work and the weather and never really mention the Lord. This past week we have been together a few times and God is really doing a work in us. Some people have been sharing about the different bad habits that God is giving them victory over and others are sharing what they have been enjoying from their time with the Lord. It has been very up lifting for all of us. I am excited to see how we are going to grow as we share together.

I used a Bobcat for I think my first time today. We had to brake up a concrete chute that someone had on their house for getting fire wood into their basement. They now use natural gas and no longer need it. Plus it is a Heritage House from I think 1890 and they want to restore it to it's original look. The concrete was about twenty years old, not quite as old as the house.

We had a jack hammer on the Bobcat to remove the chute.

There's the cowboy, trying to stay on that bucking Bobcat. It did jump around pretty good at times.
The hat is compliments of my second last trip to Mexico. I know the glasses do not go well with the hat, but gotta wear the safety glasses.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Wilcox Update

I meant to mention this in my last post. Peter Wilxox has been down in Maputo for the last three weeks, it's a three day drive south of where they are in Lichinga Mozambique. He was just supposed to fly down and leave a couple of days later. He had gone down to by a new car (They call everything a car there unless it is like a semi truck.) The car they were originally going to buy got sold to someone else or something so he had to find another one. Then it had to have some repairs done. After almost one month he finally returned home with their new car. Praise the Lord.
This is their old car a 1969 Land Rover. It was named Moses and he was ready for Land Rover Heaven.

The new car, sorry i don't know the year or model. I think it is a Toyota.
It has their last name engraved in the center of the steering wheel. It was imported from Japan like that. God had this one picked out for them.

I hadn't been able to get a family photo of the Wilcox before I left, so they took this one for me.
L2R Annelisa, Elias, Peter, Mikiala, Karmelie, Debbie, Miriam and Antoninette.
Well what has happened since I last posted. I am not sure I can remember that long ago but I will try. Rebekah has been very nice to let me use her old cell phone, but recently I have been thinking I should get another one. I wanted to get one that was unlocked so that I can use it with other carriers when I am overseas. Just after I bought one on ebay the ringer quit working on the one I was using. Needless to say I missed a lot of calls. I bought a Motorola Razr 3V. It is used but seems to be working well for me. I also bought an external hard drive. When I bought my laptop it had an 80G hard drive I thought that would be tons and I would never use all that space well I was wrong. I have thousands of pictures and lots of music and some video edited files I have done. Once I was down to my last 4G I figured I should look into getting an external hard drive. I looked at a lot of different ones but finally decided on a 250 GB Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive.
There is a lot of space in a that little thing.
No the key didn't come with it.

Now I think I have tons of storage space for my files, but as computer evolve files seem to keep getting bigger. Who knows how long this will do me for.

This past Saturday there was a group of 11 of us from this area that went on a bus tour over to Freedom Village in Lakemont, NY. For thirty years Freedom Village has been helping troubled teens. We were going down to their graduation ceremony and to get a tour around their 800 acre property. Pretty well all of these teens get their lives messed up before they finish high school if they even got that far, so they test them and see where they are at and then have them finish their school. There were about 15 of them graduating from High school. They had the graduation at a local school. Then we went to Freedom Village for lunch and a tour around.

During the graduation ceremony.

One of the graduating students.

This is one of the choirs that they have and they sang one song during the ceremony.

Yes we were in the land of the star spangled banner.

This is a view from the back of their property.

Last night I went to Mark and Rebekah's and finished cutting the last few pieces of stone for top of the retaining wall. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera so I don't have any pictures. It doesn't look to much different though then what the other pictures showed.

We just finished our record size chimney. We have worked on bigger chimneys but normally we just rebuild the top up from the roof line. We rebuilt this one right back up from the foundation and it was around 1,100 bricks. It took us three and a half days start to finish.

This field was right next to where we were working on the chimney. There is just something about wheat fields that looks really good to me.