Dixon Family Chronicles

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

High School

So we checked out the two options for Carrie's high school career.

Cartwright High School has a total of 130 students in grades 9 through 12. It offers only an academic program for university-bound students. Well, she certainly will be going to university. But the total enrolment means class selections will be slightly limited. (How's that for an understatement?)

Then we checked out Port Perry, which has been the leading contender all along. OK. So she'll be one of 300 kids in grade 9. And total enrolment for the high school is ... 1400. OK. Can you say large?! Size offers the advantages of more options, both in class selection as well as extra-curricular activities.

Meeting with a guidance counselor, several teachers, and the community police officer made me feel far more comfortable. The counselor readily acknowledges that there are some students who have problems with drug or alcohol use -- and the fact that he acknowledges it, and are working on ways to combat it are positive factors.

Probably the best reason for choosing Port Perry is the trip options that the school offers. This year the grade 10 students are going to China, to celebrate the release of Canadian POWs from internment camps at the end of WWII. Talk about bringing history to life!

So ... if she/we change our minds, she can always transfer back.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

knitting sites

I've visited this site before. Personally, my favorite is the Lion Brand site. They have tons of free patterns. The sweater I'm (still) working on for Rick is from them. Otherwise, I go surfing for other free pattern sites.


Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Hey Beth! I found ...

some knitting sites on the web that I thought you might be interested in. They have free patterns that you can download. Anything free is worth looking at ... kind of ... right?




Guess they aren't active links ... but I did try.

Now, if I could only figure out how to load pictures and stuff like the other blogs I'd be one happy camper.

Thursday, January 06, 2005


Hi everyone.

I have uploaded a bunch of new photos at my yahoo photo album. Included there is a picture of Carrie in her costume as the Pond Princess. It's very frightening to see how grown up she has become. (Here's the link: http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/cjproctr/my_photos )

Thanks for posting the holiday photos, Andy. I've enjoyed looking at them over and over. Now ... if you could do something about that one of me ... I especially like the pix of all of us playing with Emery's train set. Who was that gift for anyway?!

We got some snow today, without the freezing rain that Toronto enjoyed. Here's hoping we have the same luck tomorrow!


Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Christmas 2004

As promised I have posted the pictures from Boxing Day in my gallery. They can be viewed at:

I have higher resolution copies of each picture if you would like it, let me know and I will email it to you. You will also notice a few old family pictures under the family album.

I am still trying to get all of the bugs worked out as well as the graphical look of the site. However, the main work is done and it is now safe to setup user accounts, make posts etc.. Take a few minutes to look around, sign up for an account and say hello on the forum.



Monday, January 03, 2005

Pictures of Mom (Grandma)

Hello everyone, I just finished uploading the snapshots that we displayed at Mom's visitation. They can be viewed at http://cablespeed.com/~ctdixon/Mother.html

Those of you with dial-up connections may have to wait a while for the pictures to load. On a more technical note, the page is still located on my ISP's server, but the pictures are all hosted on Andy's server (http://www.monkeynet.net ). Consider the possibilities.


Saturday, January 01, 2005

Hi Carrie

Hi Carrie! I check the blog a couple of times a week, and have posted a couple of times. I suspect it has been slow lately because we were all together over the holidays. I hope your trip home was safe. I'm finally starting to get some feeling back in my right leg after the van ride home from the hockey game. The game was fun, by the way, and I hope we can make a tradition out of it!

Take care, Uncle Chuck