Mom’s 100th Birthday

Mom Eileen LyleYes, a tad late getting this up, but better late than never.

This photo is of mom Agnes, my sister Eileen and me at my mother’s 100th birthday bash at The Peninsula Residence in beautiful Sidney by the Sea in British Columbia, Canada.

Wow! 100 years!

Imagine the changes she has witnessed in her lifetime growing up on a homestead in rural Saskatchewan out in the middle of absolutely nowhere:

When she was born, in 1913:

  • Orville and Wilbur had just done their thing 10 years earlier
  • no cell phones
  • no computers nor internet
  • no electricity
  • no running water
  • no indoor “amenities” (it was referred to as the outhouse)
  • seven miles, one way, in a horse-drawn “caboose” to go to Christmas Midnight Mass in the closest town, Lake Lenore, Saskatchewan

And you think that you’re having a “hard time”. Get over it.

 

Yet another rebuild

The last iteration of this site was skinned with a theme created in version 4.1 of Artisteer. It was fine at the time,  but ever since I got into the Genesis Framework from Studiopress coupled with Dynamik Website Builder from Cobalt Apps, I have been itching to rebuild it using this fantastic combination.

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What you see here now is a result of approximately an afternoon’s work. Along with many cups of coffee.

I won’t go into all the details of the process in this post; will save that for a future entry.

Additionally, as part of the change, the posts that had graced the homepage of the site ever since converting to WordPress from Joomla! back in 2010 have been “un-stickied”. They will now be in the order in which they were created.

My early birthday present

At our weekly jam last Tuesday night, I got to play the last two songs on our set list (Jenny Jenny <867-5309> and Rocking In The Free World) with a version of this guitar. I was hooked! The feel, the tone. That’s it … I “need” one 🙂 So off to Long & McQuade I went the following Thursday after work and done did get me one. Now all I have to do is learn how to play it! 🙂 But that’s inconsequential.

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This is an Epiphone ES 335 Dot in the cherry finish. Guess I’ll now have to learn Neil Diamond’s “Cherry Cherry” ! 🙂