Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My Geo-Caching Adventure.

Last weekend I went on a geo-caching adventure with my nephew Josh. We were celebrating his 12th birthday.

My tradition is to do an experience gift with each of the kids and sometimes it is tough to come up with new ideas. However, I knew for months that geo-caching would be perfect for Josh. He is an outdoorsy kinda guy (just like his Dad) and has excellent attention to detail. Great attributes of a cacher (is that what they're called? I just made that up)

The day started out a little gray and chilly but soon warmed up when the sun peeked through the clouds. Our first stop was Purdy's Fish Market. It was the opening weekend for their riverside take out. Perfect! We enjoyed our fish & chips while sitting right beside the water. I must admit it, I had my hood up...but the fish was still yummy!

We parked the car at Canatara Park and set out for our first hunt. After orienting ourselves with the app on my phone and the compass, we located it! Success! In case you're wondering, geo-caching is like a treasure hunt with GPS coordinates. Most of the ones we found were just a log book that you sign and date and check "complete" on the app.

It was a lot of fun, as our adventure took us all over the park: down by the beach, near the animal farm and even climbing over/through trees in the wooded areas! We finished off the day with some ice cream in Point Edward.

I really enjoyed my day with Josh. He is such a neat kid. He doesn't say a lot, but takes in everything. He notices the smallest detail and more than once pointed out a small turtle in the distance or a certain type of duck swimming in the water. I was amazed at how knowledgeable he is about such things. I'm sure it comes from countless hours spent with his dad.

Happy birthday Josh! Love ya loads.

Monday, May 13, 2013

If you live in southwestern Ontario, you have probably heard about the disappearance of Tim Bosma last week.

The story has gripped me. A 32 year old husband and father was just trying to sell his truck online. His wife watched him leave with 2 men for a test drive and never come back.

Since then his cell phone has been recovered, a suspect arrested and charged and his truck has been located. But Tim has not.

I have listened to the pleas of his family and my heart aches for them. What a senseless nightmare they are currently living. The police believe the target was his truck, not him.

A truck.

Just some metal welded together and fueled by gasoline.

Tim is a man. Made of flesh and blood. He is someone's son, brother, husband, friend and most importantly, a father.

Sometimes I wonder what this world is coming to. My hope and prayer is that Tim is found and returned to his family. Make it your prayer too.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Evening Perks

For so long, I pined for working "normal" hours. I wanted to get off the dreaded evening shift so I could have a "normal" life. Well, it finally happened and I must admit, I'm loving the new job and the hours that go with it.

However, once in a while, there are moments when I actually miss that afternoon shift.

Things I miss:
  • driving to and from work with virtually zero traffic
  • sleeping in
  • grocery shopping during a weekday
  • listening to Q on CBC radio
  • leisurely lunch with friends
Of course, I also miss my friends from TV land and the excitement that goes with working in a newsroom, but I can always stop in as an observer!