April 2007
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Home and Work

April 26, 2007

Joe and Melissa returned to Florida on Tuesday. As a treat for dad, Joe came into the office today. Joe has missed the last two years due to a vacation - but this year he made it. Well, suppose two years ago he was not on vacation ... but he was taking his time.

They also brought back more photos of their trip, oh ... and 10 cans of Tim's coffee and a box of doughnuts :) Here is what I want to share ...

Our little timbit

A little snow never hurt anyone

Alicia's visit was a treat

Wow ... wow ... wow ... wow

Joe got a chance to learn a few things ...

... even if it was how to get dirty

Posted by csb at 9:32 PM


I see you're training him early when it comes to programming. But what in the world is he doing on that PC?!?

Posted by: John at April 27, 2007 12:05 AM

Family Days

April 23, 2007

Melissa and Joe are into their final few days back home with family. Alicia came all the way from the island to spend some time ... which Melissa has really enjoyed. She has also gotten to spend some much needed time with her sister and Joe's cousins. Unfortunately it appears that they spent the time trying to brainwash my little boy!!!

One of their excursions was to the zoo, which Joe apparently loved. Guess its time to get those Busch Gardens passes again.

Rest those feet.

Pleasant walks in fresh cool air.

Hey, I am trying to call my dad!

Sisters and the kids

Posted by csb at 12:46 AM


Ah! The Zoo. We took the kids there this weekend and let them run around and play. Looks like Joe had plenty of chauffeurs to push him around for the day.

Posted by: John at April 24, 2007 1:53 AM

that first pic is evil

Posted by: Krishen at April 25, 2007 7:12 AM

Home again

April 20, 2007

Ok, the score was ...

Traveling is so much fun.

FInally, someone to take control!!!

... zzzz ...

Posted by csb at 12:23 AM


hey, Cute pics. Does joe have the cars movie soundtrac? how about his shoe size?
antie Kari

Posted by: kari at April 20, 2007 5:55 PM

I see how it is, I could never get a racecar bed!

Posted by: Kurt at April 20, 2007 8:47 PM

Kari: We have the movie, but not the soundtrack ... and I don't know his shoe size (Melissa?) . Think it is size 5 or 6.

Kurt: Hey, I could never get a racecar bed either ... think Mom and Dad are playing favorites!!!

Posted by: Cameron Bahan at April 21, 2007 8:41 AM

Had a great time today with your family. We celebrated your Dad's B.D. and Joe's too. Joe is such a sweetie!! I'm sure Melissa has some great pics...

Posted by: Brenda Hemphill at April 22, 2007 7:04 PM

Great captions... my favorite pic is Joe on the cell phone, he's such a natural :)

Posted by: Krishen at April 25, 2007 7:12 AM

Fun in the sun

April 14, 2007

So, Melissa and Joe are now enjoying a vacation back home in Calgary. Leaving me to hold down the fort here. Just to keep them missing Sarasota I thought I would post some pictures of their last day in town.

Enjoy the days with family ... wish I could be there.

Posted by csb at 1:36 AM


I want to come home with Melissa and Joe and go to the beach. I think I need some fun in the sun too!! Having to work for a living interferes with enjoying life unless you live where it is warm. Well skiing is fun too but you have to take time to do it and it requires a long day. Have a walk on the beach for me
Love Mom

Posted by: Grandpa Richard at April 14, 2007 1:03 PM

Looks like Joe had fun. How much sand did he end up eating anyways?

Posted by: John at April 14, 2007 5:32 PM

He had a blast ... and so did Melissa and I. It was really the first time we got to really "play" down at the beach - normally we stay dry and clean due to dinner plans or such. This time we killed our dinner out to just have fun. Well, Joe had dinner ... even tried to share ... MMMM... mud pies. Think he had about 3 to 4 helpings, guess it was good stuff!

Posted by: Cameron at April 14, 2007 8:16 PM

Wow, haven't seen any pictures or anything for quite a while. Looks relaxing down their and your family's doing great.

Your son looks like a beautiful, happy little boy.

Posted by: Jonathon Eeftens at April 15, 2007 3:18 AM

I wish I could have sat on the sand chair (tee-hee)!

Posted by: Alicia at April 18, 2007 11:14 PM

Love these pictures... Joe is clearly having a blast :)

Posted by: Krishen at April 25, 2007 7:11 AM


April 11, 2007

Today we made the hardest decision of our lives. After almost 20 years, or at age 138, we put Patches down. In the last few weeks she began to take a turn for the worse, and in the end we could not see a comfortable and stable recovery. It is going to be a quiet and lonely house for a long time and we are going to miss her companionship dearly.

Patches (center) still with her eyes not quite open

Melissa got Patches for her 8th birthday, well the July before. Every since then she has been the one stable companion in her life., providing an ear to hear all the growing pains as Melissa moved between Calgary and the island ... and then off to Seattle, Vancouver, and finally Sarasota. Patches really loved it down here with the warmer climate and the growing family. Joe and her really formed a bond, often they could be found playing together - Joe was always so gentle, while Patches was as playful as her old bones would allow. We are all really going to miss her.

While 20 years is a good long life ... it does not make it any easier.

Posted by csb at 11:15 PM


I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you will all miss her.

Posted by: John at April 12, 2007 10:29 AM

Oh Miss, I'm so sorry honey. She was such a sweet kitty and we know she will be very missed.

Posted by: Theresa at April 12, 2007 2:04 PM

I remember Patches in one of Melisa's houses in Victoria. When ever I came to visit, Patches would be sitting on the window sill just watching the world.
Any way I will always miss her too.

Posted by: Alicia at April 13, 2007 12:00 AM

For all my sneezing and watery eyes I will miss you too, Patches. You always wanted to jump up on my lap no matter how many times I said no! :D

I am sorry for your loss Melissa, Cam and Joe..

Posted by: Krishen at April 14, 2007 4:26 PM

we are so sorry to hear about patches we remember her when she was a kitten on the cobblehill farm you lived on, and the shawigan lake house when she had kittens in your bed, so sorry to hear about her passing, thinking about you at this hard time Fiona AND Shannon Beech (Shannon Main)

Posted by: Fiona & Shannon at April 18, 2007 12:28 PM

Cat Trap

April 9, 2007

So, Patches has been struggling again. Aging can be graceful, but is not always easy. At the moment we are needing to add some water (with nutrients) just under her layer of skin to add the fluids that she is lacking. The results have been great so far ... she has been more active and joyful -- though playing the role of a hockey puck can still be a little ... "stressful" !!!!

Now, with Melissa heading home to Calgary on vacation I will be left to handle the two-person job of giving the doses that patches needs. (One person to hold her - One person to jab her ... she is not a fan of that second person). So Melissa had a great idea ... build a hammock that holds her while she is not here.

Putting our heads together we designed ... designed ... and re-designed different ways to build an inexpensive structure that will comfortably hold Patches while the injection is taking place. A couple trips to the local hardware store and some great work by our staff we managed a sturdy and elegant? "device". It even works :)

It was fun to tackle this as a family as we all played a role in building it ... much better way to spend the weekends than heading to the office. And just look Dad ... Joe is all ready to help with the work you have around the house. I will make sure he packs his tools :)

Posted by csb at 11:09 PM


Easter Trails

April 8, 2007

Waking up this morning Joe discovered that a trail of eggs had been left down the stairs. He took the waiting basket and started the hunt. He quickly found most of the eggs, with little more than coaxing into the next room. Only a couple were left in the end ... hidden for later finds throughout the day.

It was a solid easter hunt morning with smiles and sugar all round. Check out the pictures we captured of the fun.

Posted by csb at 8:34 PM


Pictures, huh? I guess it's easier to recover from forgetting the camera if it's just across the room....

Posted by: John at April 8, 2007 9:35 PM

Footprints in the sand

April 7, 2007

And no pictures. Melissa and I have gotten into a bad habit of leaving the camera at home when we head out on regular day trips. This Friday was a family trip to Mote ...

... however, Mote was packed. A good thing for them, but not a fight we wanted on our relaxing day off. So we looked for somewhere else to kill our day - while enjoying the sunshine and pleasant weather. The night before was our engineering department "night out" which took place on a harbour boat cruise here in Sarasota. During the tour of Sarasota bay (and all the nice houses that we could never afford) we also saw a park out on the keys ... ahh ... the perfect exploration trip.

And there it was, south Lido key (actually, we found a park - who knows if it is the same one). So we wandered the beach and looked at the different boats along the shore. Then we turned in-land and walked a nature trail back to the parking lot. Joe was kind enough to point out the 2nd and 3rd markers to ensure we were on the right path -- first steps in spelling/reading ... finding the numbers and letters. (He said "three" and found the number "two" on the sign for us).

After that we headed for our favorite ice cream shop and discovered something new ... Settimi's is now also a pizza parlour ... and once again impressing. The pizza was some of the best I have ever had. Large slices, prices are not bad, and just mouth watering. Turned out to be a perfect day with the family ... too bad we skipped the photos. Maybe next time.

(Funny side note, our neighbours are good friends with the owners of Settimi's, so we had a rumor that pizza was going to be showing up soon)

Posted by csb at 1:52 PM


Settimi's pizza sounds great, gonna have to go try it at some point :)

Happy Easter! :)

Posted by: Krishen at April 8, 2007 2:42 PM

Happy Feet

April 3, 2007

Another movie Joe just loved ... Happy Feet

So, returning from Chippewa I was able to relax a bit. Ahh ... some sunshine, some pooltime fun, visits with friends ... and naps ... lots of naps. But, when I saw that Happy Feet was finally playing at our local theater ("the cheap seats") we saved that slot of time just for our family to enjoy a good animated film. It was good ... more political than I thought it would be ... but good.

Also, Joe got to show me his new swimming skills and improved hockey skills ... enjoyable weekend all round. Can I do that again?

Posted by csb at 12:51 PM


Soon it will be my turn for Joe (and Melissa)time. Just 8 more days!!!!!!!

Posted by: Grandma Pat at April 4, 2007 7:37 PM