Dixon Family Chronicles

Thursday, December 30, 2004


If anyone is reading any of these, could you post something? 'Cause I keep coming and checking up on this thing and nothing is different...if any of you are doing the same could you type a post just to reassure me? Thanks.
Hope everyone has had a good Christmas!

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Carrie's Stage Debut

Carrie Proctor made her stage debut, yesterday, in the Cartwright Public High School production of "Happily Never After." Her appearance on stage was marked by a series of whistles, which caused her to momentarily stop in her strut -- er, I mean, stride. Her recovery was excellent, by all accounts.

The evening production of "Happily Never After," which her proud mother and step-father attended, was accomplished with much confidence and aplomb.

Egads! Carrie got a LOT of whistles. Good thing I wasn't there -- or there would've been a lot of dead bodies strewn around the room.

Seriously, the play was wonderfully done. Very funny and well-paced. The kids all did a wonderful job. The evening concluded with three additional plays (2 drama and one comedy) which were judged. We didn't stay to hear the results, but felt that the school had made a very strong entry with each play.

Pictures will follow, hopefully tonight, once they are downloaded to the computer and then uploaded to my Yahoo photo albums.

Carrie is now debating her decision to attend Port Perry High School, (enrolment somewhere around 800) as opposed to Cartwright High (enrolment approximately 400). Cartwright has the advantage of producing a very high number of Ontario Scholars due to its smaller classes and individual attention, but with a more limited class selection. Port Perry, on the other hand, offers a wider variety of classes, with the peril of falling between the cracks. I think she would appreciate commentary from her wiser brothers, aunts and uncles.

All in all, it was an enlightening evening for me. Who was that confident young lady striding across the stage?!


Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Winter (?) at the cottage

There is finally ice on the lake and we suddenly have 100's of noisy geese on it, just in front of the cottage. Some of them have found or created an opening and are swimming as well. Lots of rain is predicted over the day do we shall see.

Work continues on turning the cottage (cold and primitive) into a home (warm and well serviced). Earlier in the fall I was madly wiring so as to get the expired and not renewable permit signed off.

Then I installed an HRV (heat recovery ventilator). This should reduce condensation on windows and IN the walls, Yikes! In summer it should greatly reduce the humidity, and resulting odors in the crawl space. You try so hard to make a house 'tight', then you have to install technology to get rid of stale air. Go figure.

Now I am working on plumbing. This time I am installing a new BIGGER expansion tank (again) and a water softener. The expansion tank should make the noisy pump, right under the living room, cycle much less frequently. Like once every 12 gallons, instead of every time you wash your hands or flush the toilet or use a whole 5 (US) quarts of water. The softener will hopefully deal with the 31 grains of hardness and make the dishes look clean not scummy coming out of the dishwasher. Carol hopes for softer hair. Hmmm, softer hair... maybe not a bad thing. While doing this I have to move the pump (again) and upgrade some of the copper pipes (again) with larger diameter copper.

I am still in denial about mountain biking season being over. Sunday, after church, John and I went for a ride. Carol would not join us and I believe some comment was made about our being nuts. It was a great ride until my drive train died. I already knew that before next year I should get a new chain and apparently this means a new set of cogs on the back (cassette)and also a new chain ring or two or three on the front, but until Sunday I did not need a new rear derailleur as well. I need all of it, NOW. Oh yeah, and it took out spoke too. At least I did not go over the handlebars and it was only a half hour or so walk out of there. Maybe I can get it all fixed by the weekend :)

Carrie has a school play tomorrow evening. Jeffrey flys in Sunday. Wonder if he actually will land when and where his ticket claims! Should be a fun week or two!

Hope everyone is well.


Saturday, December 04, 2004


Only 21 days until Christmas. Unless you are celebrating a little earlier ... like we are. Jeff will be flying in on the 12th and staying through the 23rd. He and Carrie will be meeting their dad on the 24th for a big family-type reunion. Carrie is VERY excited to be seeing Jason and Coris for a whole week!

So I'm busy knitting my little fingers to the bone ... trying desperately to get all my gifts completed. And since I went and had my hair fancied up last night at the Midnight Madness last night ... I want to make my hairdresser a gift too.

Umm ... guess I better get back to my knitting!

Hey Bets -- did you ever find the from-the-neck-down book from Leisure Arts? Or did you modify a "regular" pattern for knitting on circulars? I'm waiting (and available) for helpful hints.

Does anyone have Marie's snail-mail address? I ant to send Christmas cards and such ... and I'm not sure that I have the correct address.

Hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas.