Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I ran over it in the middle of street.
I was suppose to be meeting with a friend at church to practise some stuff. She wasn't there. I tried to call her but she didn't answer. That wasn't a surprise. She doesn't always make it to the phone. So I thought I would drive by her house before I gave up on her.
Two girls were at dance. Youngest was in the back.
I was thinking random thoughts.
It was quiet.
I know the route.
I didn't expect anything abnormal.
Then a dog dashed across the road. I thought it came from in front of a van.
I swerved away, but couldn't react fast enough.
A thud. The shock. My brakes screeching.
I got out to see two kids, about 3 and 5, unloading from a van.
It was their dog. It was suffering in the middle of the road.
Their Mom hustled them inside the house.
One of the boys had opened their van door just before I passed and the dog jumped straight in front of us. It didn't have a chance. Doesn't make it easy though.
I have three girls and a dog. I know what it would be like if it was the other way around.
I wasn't suppose to be there at that moment. I shouldn't have been if plans had gone the way I thought.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
That is a little preface to our life lately. We live the life of a "contractor". The nature of our business really doesn't matter. We are a small business that provides services to other companies, so that they can have work completed that they can't do internally.
We, or really the Big Cheese, has signed many contracts. Contracts that often require a deposit, in addition to a signature to indicate that we/he is serious about completing this work. It is Big Company's security that their work will get done. That way if we don't deliver...they get the deposit. Always, always "they" are protected.
But what happens when that grace, that trust, that favour isn't extended the other way? What happens when Big Company says to Little Contractor, who has done exceptional work for many years, that you will get the work again next year as long as you continue to perform? What happens when Big Company says to Little Contractor, you performed, well done, the work is yours again!? What happens when Big Company changes its mind, even though it made promises to Little Contractor?
And most of all what happens when Big Company decides that quality, commitment and relationship are no longer important?
These decisions are being made by big companies everyday. That the quality of the job, the right people, the experience of the workforce and previously made commitments are no longer important. We have become a dispensible. It doesn't matter if you have the equipment and man-power and can deliver the needed services.
No, it seems that now the true mark of a good company is if you can manage to have the lowest bid and somehow manage to continue survive. Squeeze water from a rock anyone?
There I said it! It ain't pretty. It ain't nice. But sometimes life seems like that. Sometimes we want life to be fair, but is it really?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Doesn't that just make your heart melt?
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Ever since college I have wanted to hug a lion. In National Geographic I saw a picture of a trainer hugging a lion and it kind tugged inside of me. I hung on to that picture for years. I loved it!
Just thought I would show you it really happened. And for those that are concerned the family did send the lion back to the zoo, where I think it has stayed since.
Photos from 2007
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
And these are my nails after a day of canning peaches. I add this because last night we were at friends and their teenage daughter wanted to do my nails. Badly! I said "alright" but told her they probably wouldn't make it through the day. Oh well! I looked glamarous while I slept! There has to be some merit in that!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
And here is the editted version. I did something that blurred the background and then changed the picture to black & white. Not out of this world or anything...but I tried. I don't really get the "layers" in PE. Anyone understand that?P.S. If you happen to be blessed enough to be related to me or one of the people in these photos feel free to save them or print them for your own use.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Not sure any of my family has seen me as a bush cook. Remember back in May when I whisked out to save the camp from a sick cook? Well this was then. A friend just sent it to me. Looks like I was running on pure adrenline because I was definately not getting much sleep!