Saturday, November 13, 2010

Snow and Swans

Winter is officially here. Last night we had our first snow fall of the season, and although it is already melting, I know that more is on the way.

We were paid our annual pre-winter visit by the swans yesterday. Even though their visit often coincides with snow, it's always nice to see them as they scare away the geese. I know that swans are just as, if not more, aggressive as geese - but there are also only four of them and about 100 geese. They also don't wear out their welcome as they are often only here for a few days at the most.

It's very cool to watch the four swans swimming towards the geese to temporarily claim the lake shore. The geese try to act tough for as long as they can, but fly away when the geese get to about 100 feet away. There is plenty of posturing on both sides during the confrontation and it's almost like two gangs meeting on the street.

Plans for today include: staying off the roads until the snow is completely gone, lighting the wood stove, making a batch of Chai tea and getting some homework done while I watch life unfold out my kitchen window.- R

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Remembrance Day

Tomorrow the kids and I will head down to the Cenotaph downtown. We will remember those who have fallen while protecting our country and the liberty of others.

I will think of my great grandpa, whom I never got to meet, as well as all the hardships that were endured by the loved ones who survived.

We will think of those who are still sacrificing their lives for the freedom we enjoy.

Tomorrow, at eleven o'clock, please make sure you take a few minutes to remember.