Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas Eve Day

It was about 9am before I had finished sleeping off last night's Quebecer homebrew. After a couple of cups of coffee I headed out to pick up some groceries and a couple of last minute gifts. Finally the stores were running ALL the checkouts and the lines were no big deal.

Arrived back home to find that my daughter had made a nice snowman family in our front yard. I love how she always has them face us inside the house instead of the street.
Girls with their snowmans
(is it just me or does my snowman butt look big?)


Nearly collapsed with back spasms after shoveling the heavy slush off of the driveway (and the neighbour's). Then headed inside for some hot coco and lunch.

Now it's time for the ritual xmas eve t-shirt iron off where we print up a few pics on some iron-on transfers and make some last minute gifts.

Cheers and Merry Christmas blog readers.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Don Ross does the Black Sheep real good


It was a slippery, sloppy, snowy drive to the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC but it was worth it to catch a glimpse of the one and only Don Ross - the only person to ever win the US National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship twice. What an amazing show. This white boy can play like wildfire on fire. You'll never see more hammer-ons, pull-offs, smacks, slaps, knocks, harmonics, strumming, plucking, and picking in one 2 1/2 hour show ever. Truly a one man show.

Don in action...
Don Ross
Don Ross

Don meets BvT...
Don Ross and me
People say we look a like, whatta ya think?

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Lighting up the 'haven

We did another tour of Barrhaven in the family van tonight to see the Christmas lights. Although there's no one single house in the area that stands out as a must see, overall the neighbourhood seems to be showing their Christmas spirit with various light displays and outdoor decorations. Here's a couple of pics:

This one was off of Cedarview...



This one is just me playing with the aperature setting on my camera and shaking it a bit. What do ya think?

Monday, December 19, 2005

Last weekend before Xmas

Not too much to say.  The weekend was on the books as "Papa's birthday weekend" but that somehow fell through the cracks.  Instead we built snowforts and gingerbread houses. 

The funniest thing was when one kid started laughing at the other saying that their gingerbread man's eyes were crossed.  (what the !?@?)



I also got some more Christmas shopping done and I even wrapped a few while watching my new Jack Johnson DVD and having a whiskey or two. I'm sure Christmas morning will be "as per usual" when I fail to remember which gift it is that I wish to save as the "big one" for last.  Sorry mama.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

AYH hits the nation's capital

Dec. 08th

Alvin Youngblood Hart... a true bluesman visited the nation's capital last Thursday evening.

This was an awesome show. Although Alvin's better known for his acoustic blues, tonight he served up some hardcore electric blues backed by a Native American bass/harmonica player and an ex-skinhead drummer. What more can a poor white boy like myself ask for? The only downside to the night was that it was my turn to drive the Barrhaven Blues fan club and as such I was forced to go easy on the bourbon, scotch and beer. Nevertheless a good time was had by all.

Here's a couple of pics that somebody emailed me after the show (my camera's memory card died before the gig even started).

Alvin Youngblood Hart

Alvin Youngblood Hart

Thursday, December 01, 2005

The shiny chrome knob

Well another year has come and gone and it is officially time to pack away the shiny chrome knob and all its summer time accessories. The tent trailer and camping gear, and the bike rack and bikes have all been crammed into our single car garage where they will have to wait patiently for the spring of 2006. To the front of the queue are now the cross country skis, toboggans, and snowshoes. Now all we need is the fluffy white stuff.

Chrome reflections

PS: Anybody know how to get rust off chrome?