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Autumn and the Mystery Cat

Posted 2015.12.22 19.09 in Cats, Photography

I was cleaning old pictures out of my phone and came across a couple that I meant to post but forgot all about.

This pic was taken over 2 months ago, back on October 12th. I really love the contrast of the intense yellow-orange leaves against the pure blue sky, and the still-green leaves of the tree in the background.

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This is the old maple tree in my front yard. I don’t know how old, but it took a beating in the 2013 ice storm. I think it’s the tree that took out my power for a week.

I bear it no grudges though. Like the tree. Hate the winter.


This ginger kitty has started appearing jumping up & over the fence outside my kitchen window.

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He seems friendly enough & tentatively allowed me to pet him. When he saw the camera come out though he got suspicious. He didn’t have a collar, but I think he might live next door.

I don’t actually know that it’s a he, but I didn’t like calling him an it, and I don’t know his name.

Maybe it’s Bernice.

Joyous Yule

Posted 2015.12.21 20.02 in Spiritual

Happy Yule, folks.

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I don’t remember what the winter solstace was like last year, but I’ll never forget the one from two years ago – when an ice storm hit, damaged my house, most of my trees, and left me without power for a week.

I’m so glad the weather is nicer this year, and very much looking forward to the days getting longer again.

Happy Samhain

Posted 2015.10.31 12.37 in Spiritual

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Have a safe & happy Samhain everyone!

Comfy Kitty

Posted 2015.09.13 20.58 in Cats

It’s starting to get colder at night, so I had to get my duvet out and ready.

Turned my back for a moment, and someone’s made herself all at home.

Duvet Kitty

I can’t help but think a big fluffy warm duvet must be loads of fun for a kitty.

(Just don’t get too cosy there, kitty. When I go to bed, the duvet is coming with me.)

Two Months

Posted 2015.09.13 12.50 in Pointless Blather, Work

I just realized, it’s been nearly two months since I posted anything. And my last post was a real downer.

I’m still here, things just went from depressing to busy, in short order.

After many many (too many) years, all the servers at work are being replaced with shiny new ones, and it’s going to take a tremendous amount of planning, effort, and testing, to make sure it all goes off without a hitch.

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I know it’s cliche and hackneyed and 16 years old but I still enjoy the “Matrix” screensaver. There’s something relaxing about the streams of green text on a black background.

In the above pic, two new mini-towers are being set up, configured, and tested. In a few months time, they’ll be put to work, replacing some much older equipment.

Pixie

Posted 2015.07.19 20.44 in Cats

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February 2002 – July 2015

About A Year Ago…

Posted 2015.07.04 12.34 in Family/Friends

This has been another really difficult post to write.

A little over a year ago, my dad went into the hospital for the last time.

From just before the end of June, over the Canada Day holiday and a few days after, I spent several days driving to Orangeville and back to visit him in the hospital.

We talked a lot, mostly about business, but also about family things, personal things.

As big a part as he played in my life, I still never really understood how important he was to me, until after he was gone.

Fathers day was a couple weeks ago, and it was difficult. Things have remained difficult as the anniversary of my dad’s hospitalization came, and that of his passing fast approaches.

This time last year, my dad wasn’t doing great, but he was in good spirits, and I could go and spend time with him, talk with him.

I really miss that.

And since then… the best way I can describe how I feel is like a ship without a rudder or sails.

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Like last summer there was a huge storm, and I sort of rode it out, but when the wind and waves died down, I was still afloat, but adrift.

I’ve lost my guidance, my drive.

And I haven’t figured out how to get them back yet.