Well we are making some progress in getting everything put away around here. We weeded Markâ€™s toys down from four storage containers to one (and one for Oliver) which gave him some extra space. Part of that space was eaten up by him getting his first computer of his own. Itâ€™s offline for now as it is in his room. If he wants to go online, he can use my computer. The best part of having your first computer is that you can be introduced to the old school games like Wolfenstein 3-D and Age of Empires.
Some of the Christmas stuff is destined for the cabin so it has been boxed up. Itâ€™s not yet January and here we are packing for the lake. I had seriously planned on going to the lake this week for at least a day but a staff member got quite sick and we donâ€™t have the people around who can cover for him which is frustrating but it happens. The manager who was covering my holidays this week had a heart attack this summer and I would rather go in than see him get sick. The cabin will have to wait until later.
By tonight, Wendy will have the tree down, the decorations down, the Christmas lights down and all put away for next December 1st. Thanks Wendy, it is not the best way to spend your day off this week but I appreciate it!
I appreciate all of the links and kind words about Jordon Cooper Outfitters. Also, thanks for sending me in ideas for cool gear and stuff. I love, love, love tips. So if you have some ideas, send them in. If any of you want to help curate Jordon Cooper Outfitters, let me know that too.
Some of you have asked if I am making any money off the site and right now the answer is no. All I am doing is pointing to other sites. I do have an Amazon.com associate account but that wonâ€™t bring in much money. Eventually if the site traffic warrants it and the demand is there, Iâ€™ll add some advertising options but if it never gets that popular, I wonâ€™t shed any tears.
Well today is Fatherâ€™s Day. It started out with Mark and Oliver waking me up and giving me some presents. The big one was this twin reversible fan for the cabin. They also got me the new Black Eyed Peas album. Iâ€™ll admit it, I have been listening to the Boom Boom Pow single for a couple of months on my iPod and on YouTube. While dance music isnâ€™t usually my thing, I like this album. Maggi gave me a thermometer for the barbecue. Apparently she wants the table scraps she gets cooked a little more precisely.
After we tooled around a bit today as a family, Lee and a friend of ours came over for supper tonight.
I am pretty excited about the fan as the cabin takes a long time to cool down at night, even with the windows open. Hopefully this fan sucking cool air in and hot air out will make it a little more enjoyable once it cools down outside. It also is a lot cheaper than running the air conditioner. Depending on how well it works at the lake, I may get one for the house. There is nothing like a gift like this to also expose your families ulterior motives. Both Mark and Wendy have claimed their spot for it at the cabin. Apparently it being a gift for me means nothing.
I really enjoy being a father to Mark and Oliver. Both pose their unique challenges as a father but it is the best decision Wendy and I ever made was having kids and we have been rewarded with some great ones.
Speaking of the kids, I never blogged about this but Mark has his yellow belt now in karate. He worked extremely hard to get it and is pretty proud of himself. His year end karate barbecue also includes a water fight. We went shopping for a new water gun and suggested he tell his Sensei to â€œbring it onâ€. Mark replied, â€œI did that last year. He really did. I got really wet.â€
As far as Oliver goes, he took his first step last week. Of course when he does, he does an immediate face plant. He obviously gets his agility and balance from me.
Well we are into the start of the Saskatoon summer and things aren’t really going as planned.Â As Wendy writes on her blog, she is struggling a bit with her depression which impacts us all in the house.Â That has changed our travel and vacation schedule so instead of going up to the cabin this weekend, we are spending Father’s Day in town.Â We also canceled a quick trip to Calgary in early July.Â For now, I have to work next Sunday morning which means for a quiet weekend.Â I am not sure when I will go out to the lake next.Â I haven’t been out since early May, mostly because of work obligations on the weekends but hopefully next week we will go out for the Feast by the Lake.Â I had planned to go out on July 1st but it’s a Wednesday this year which just seems to be a waste of a statuary holiday and Wendy will be working it anyways.
Many have asked if the shelter ever gets quiet or is less busy.Â While winter has it’s challenges, summer has it’s challenges and it is just as busy.Â For me it is a little busier as staff books off holidays and takes more days off.Â While it is a little easier than last year, there is still a lot to do over the summer.Â A friend of mine who is a pastor was chiding me that I needed to get away for my own spiritual health this summer.Â I reminded him that most of us get holidays and that’s it.Â We don’t get the luxury of a study break, extended vacation and a four day work week (Don’t give that I preached on Sunday and so I need an extra day of rest.Â I did it for a decade and it isn’t that hard once Sunday rolls around and if it is, it means you have downloaded a sermon on Sunday morning and slacked for the rest of the week).Â He asked, “How do you not burn out?”Â My sarcastic reply was, “My mortgage payment.”Â The real answer is believing that I am making a difference in the world and to be honest, I am not preaching 45 weeks a year any more.Â What I do involves creativity and some ingenuity but it doesn’t require the same kind of creativity that someone who is engaged in a performing art needs every week (no disrespect meant to those preachers who read this by calling what they do a performance but I think there is an element to that).Â I am not manufacturing creativity on a schedule, different situations require different solutions.Â It’s a different game.
Of course all of that being said, summer around here does allow me to try some new ideas out.Â A retreat for some of our longer term clients, a Canada’s Day barbecue, a CFL kickoff celebration, and a really, really big garage sale later this summer.Â It also lets me figure out what we can do here in the fall and winter.Â I would like to do an evangelism/discipleship class for guys who are largely illiterate.Â Something quite a bit simpler than Alpha.Â If you have any ideas, let me know in the comments.
I am setting my vacation email responders sometime tomorrow and am taking my first serious amount of time off in a year. I am off for ten days with Wendy, Mark, and Oliver and we are heading for an extended long weekend to the cabin. We bought space heaters to deal with the cold weather and tonight Mark talked me into buying Monopoly which is the only board game that I have ever played (but never owned). We were both shocked to find out that Wendy has never played Monopoly and doesnâ€™t even have an idea of what the game is about. Even Oliver grunted in shock over that.
I picked up a couple of books to read at the lake and other than that, I plan on doing nothing other than enjoying the fall. I may be back in the city on Tuesday but expect intermittent posting until Wednesday.
I used to host this site on my site but since I migrated to WordPress, it was just easier to host this at Blogspot. After playing a bit with it, the cabin weblog is more or less online. We wanted a place to post the changes that we are making over the last couple of years and since quite a few friends have used it this summer, we needed something that we can give to people to find Arlington Beach and also so they know what to bring along with them. It is also a place for Wendy and I to post some links to some design and architecture sites and articles that we find interesting.