May 08, 2004


Wow — the last two days have been a whirlwind of social activity! It’s a bit of a shock to the system for a recluse like me (though that’s by necessity, not inclination). First, on Thursday I took the train up to Ottawa to attend my father’s retirement party — which was a blast. It was wonderful to see so many people there, and to hear all the warm, loving, and admiring things they said about him. I’ve always known my father is a wonderful person, but it’s great to see that others know it too, and will tell him so.

Here he is, performing his newly composed “Algonquin College Talking Blues” for the assembled crowd:


And showing off one of his gifts from the department, clippers (or, as he said they are called ‘in the trade’, secateurs) for his new avocation, tree pruning:


I don’t think we need to worry that he won’t know what to do with himself now that he’s not teaching or administrating any more!

Then, on Friday, I took the 12:30 train back to Toronto, getting in at 5:00 pm, and rushed home to do some quick baking and set up for having friends over for desserts, margaritas, and Trivial Pursuit. I think I can confidently state that a good time was had by all, and I can certainly state that a quite astonishing quantity of frozen strawberry (and raspberry) margaritas was consumed, but that there’s a slightly surprising number of cheesecake brownies left over — I know we were all full from the chicken wings, pound cake, ice cream and margaritas, people, but I expected better. Now I’m alone in a house with a platter of cheesecake brownies in the fridge — not fair, not fair at all.

And of course we mustn’t forget the bunny ears incident — if properly persuaded by encouraging comments, I might just have to post photographic evidence…

Oh, lost in all of that was some knitting — on the train home I finished a sock:


Now I’m sitting around doing very little, recovering my strength after all the excitement. It’s possible that cheesecake brownies may be involved in the process…

Update: My father says those aren’t secateurs he’s holding up, but a folding pruning saw. Clearly I am not a professional tree pruner!

Posted by Aven at May 8, 2004 03:06 PM

Have a brownie & show us the bunny ears!

The Grand Marnier Cake sounds wonderful … I’m almost afraid to make it unless I have more people to feed it to! Everyone around me is watching their diet & it’s getting harder to find good homes for baked goods : )

Posted by: Patty at May 9, 2004 11:24 AM

I insist on the bunny ears saga!!
ps — gorgeous Pops pix.

Posted by: Susan at May 13, 2004 12:37 PM