Thursday, October 30, 2008

2nd Annual Spooky Halloween Party

We had the chance to host our 2nd annual Spooky Halloween Party this weekend. Much fun was had by all, and the addition this year of babies to snuggle was much welcomed!

Prince Charming and Marie Antionette (and the pumpkin they carved)

The Clause Family

A Mexican and Thing 1

A very Spooky ghost.

The most terrifying Smurfs I've ever seen

Baby Snugglers

Thing 2 and Me

Muffin Goes Mexican

Taeya and Steve Dropped by...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Camp Caroline

Darryl and I went away this weekend to Camp Caroline, in Caroline, AB for a Spiritual Formation Retreat with our Focus3 group (bible study). It was a time of rest, renewal, and enjoying God's creation. As you can see from these pictures, they have already had snow (!) and it seems as if it might even stay on the ground. Besides the snow being a bit depressing, the weekend was amazing. I saw a baby beaver for the first time - at first I thought it was a muskrat because it was so small. But all confusion was erased when it slapped it's flat tail on the water in disgust when I tried to approach it...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Abbi's Playdate

We were fortunate enough to take my niece Abbi for a playdate to commemorate her second birthday this Friday. We made a day of it. First, we went to McDonald's to have a happy meal, complete with french fries, her favorite. We then went to Rotary Park to play on the jungle gym and go for a fall walk. Afterward we went to DQ for a cone and then to Chapters to pick out a book just for her. She chose "That's Not My Princess". We had a wonderful day - thanks Abbi, we love you!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Stuff White People Like

My Sister-in-Law Jill turned me on to this site. It's absolutely freaking hilarious - because there is so much truth to it. All I have to say is that if you didn't feel generic already, read the site and you will.

Muffin 1.0 and Muffin 2.0

I was keen on adopting another Japanese chin, and when one came available this week we applied. However, it turns out that the dog (she would have been muffin, version 2.0) has been adopted. Sort of sad, but I hope it went to a good family.

That being said, I tried a prototype of Muffin 1.0's Halloween costume last night. It didn't work as I had planned, and the above picture is the result. If you're wondering, she's supposed to be a bird, Quetzalcoatl to be exact, the Aztec bird god. It's a Mexican theme this year...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Turkey Day, Part II

The Turkey - 14 Pounds of Goodness

The Excessive amount of stuffing I made

The Fam - Less Kevin and Ewa, who were in Kelowna

All in all, it was a great day. We missed K&A, but it was good times nonetheless.

What's wrong with People?

Voter turnout drops to record low
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 10:01 AM ET CBC News

An estimated 59.1 per cent of Canadians cast votes in Tuesday's general election — a figure that appears to be a record low in the history of Confederation.
A total of 13,832,972 votes were cast nationally of the 23,401,064 registered electors, Elections Canada figures showed as of 9 a.m. ET Wednesday.
The highest voter turnout appeared to be in P.E.I., where 69.5 per cent of registered voters cast ballots.
The lowest turnout appeared to be in Newfoundland and Labrador, where just 48.1 of registered voters took part.
All the figures were based on reports from 69,601 of 69,630 polls across the country. The total number of registered electors did not, however, include anyone who only registered on election day itself.
After the ballots were counted, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives won a second consecutive minority government.
The turnout figure of 59.1 per cent was slightly below the previous lowest turnout figure of 60.9 per cent. That happened when Paul Martin's Liberals won a minority government in 2004.
The highest voter turnout in Canadian electoral history occurred in 1958, when 79.4 per cent of registered voters took part in the election that saw John Diefenbaker return to power with a majority government.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


It is election day - you need to vote!!!

I have been guilty of not voting sometimes in the past- and I actually regret it. As I spent a few days in Ottawa recently, I was reminded of how important it is to have your say in our government, and that it DOES actually matter if you put your say in.'

Think of it this way - if you tally every possible vote for every election in your entire life, that is a significant amount of input! Your vote matters - even if it seems insignificant.

I predict that there will be a conservative minority and that the Greens will get at least two seats - mind you, not in Elizabeth May's riding, but somewhere, which I think is positive.


So I have managed to throw out my back again. Perhaps it's because I, like a fool, decided to stop doing my physio about 6 months ago. It felt fine. I felt great. Famous last words. Now, Robaxacet is my best friend, and I'm laying on the floor for all of my spare time. I believe in divine design, but in my opinion (and the opinion of many biologists) we are indeed maladapted for bipedal locomotion. Now, I'm not going to argue with God about the way he made us, however; at this point in time, I'd rather be a fish.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Thanksgiving Preparation

I was elected to host the Sparling Thanksgiving Extravaganza this year. It really works out well, considering I've had the insane urge to cook a turkey in the new oven. I've never prepared a turkey before, but I figured, How hard could it be? (turns out it's harder than you think...)

That being said, this morning I baked some more pumpkin pies & tarts, prepped more stuffing than I think we'll know what to do with, and Darryl and I finally removed the remaining carrots and beets from the garden. While we didn't grow a huge amount of stuff this year, it was just enough for us to have a few nice suppers and a thanksgiving blowout.

This morning was also as frosty as its been this year. You could see Darryl's footprints from when he left at 5:30 Am all the way until about 11:00 in the morning. We had some ice in the hose, which we gave to Muffin to snack on. She loved it. The winter is going to come as a huge blow to her, as she loves being outside but can't tolerate anything below zero...

More thanksgiving to come...

Friday, October 10, 2008


After I liberated my compost this evening, I proceded to plant all 54 bulbs that I purchased this fall, remembering to mix in bone meal to the soil. I have planted a medely of crocus, Daffodil, and tulips. There are three clusters in the front, some crocus around the base of our tree, and 7 clusters in the back now. Hopefully they can root before the snow is here to stay, or I might have a flowerbed full of rotting bulbs. Only time will tell...

Ode to my Compost

Oh compost, so brown and spongy, do your best!
All summer long, I toiled over my makeshift trashcan
the one that I had so handily drilled holes into
so you could breath freely.
I watered you diligently, and gave you rotten fruit
and when you started to stink, I did not abandon you.
I realized, my dear friend, that you needed to be aerated.
So I turned you lovingly, to release your rotting base
and freed you to see the summer sun.
And now, my constant companion, your day to shine has come.
Work your way into the depleted soil, give up your nitrogen
so that next year, the cycle of life can spring anew.

The Jibberish, Part 2

So my husband (the idiot) proved his usefullness last night and actually made the Jibberish go where it needed to be on this webpage. So be aware now people, I'm tracking you. Mwaaaahahahaha!

On an unrelated note, Happy Turkey Day this weekend everybody! Remember to give thanks to God for all He has done in the past year and all He will do in the future! We live such blessed lives compared to some, and we need to be reminded of that truth every once in a while.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The jibberish

I can't even make the jibberish show up. Seriously.

I'm techno-retarded

So I think that I might be challenged. I wanted to install Google Analytics on my blog, so I can check how many people are looking at it, but I can't figure it out. I got to the part where it says to copy the above jibberish onto each page, but I have no idea how to do that. I expect it has something to do with this "html" that I hear so much about, but I'm at a loss. Does anyone know what they're talking about? Or will I just have to live with the myster of who checks this wretched blog?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My Husband, the Idiot

While it cannot be said that I don't adore my husband, he is a bit of an idiot sometimes. I realized that I had forgotten to post the pictures of him scaling down a 30 foot crevasse on slippery rocks to the ocean while we were at Louisburg lighthouse. Now, for someone who is into health and safety as a profession, and won't even put our Christmas lights up without a harness, this seems a bit out of character. All I can say is that when the sparlings get together, they don't do anything half ways...

Memories of the Maritimes

Dave and Carmel at Louisburg

Darryl Pushing my buttons, as per usual

Poker at Uncle Bob and Aunt Lil's

The Kids (Less Jill)

Kevin and Ewa

Kevin Playing the Violin

The Day I Poked a Jellyfish

So I realize that it's been ages getting these photos up, so I apologize. While we were in Cape Breton this summer, I terrorized all the sea creatures I could find. I poked a jellyfish (not advisable, btw), peeled a starfish off a rock, caught a fish, and lured in a crab with my shiny fishing hook. It was actually really cool, because as soon as you dropped the lure in front of the crab, he crab walked over (obviously) and drew the shiny bit right into his mouth. Like taking candy from a baby. Or crabs from a fisherman, whatever. Beware all forms of wildlife in the water, I will get you. Too bad I couldn't lure in the seal that frequented the water by our cabin every morning.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Ottawa Day 2

Community Garden

Hitler's Car - Note the bullet holes in the glass

Gas Masks WWII

Pretnendng to be a soldier

After my meeting yesterday, I took a (very long) walk down to the War Museum to see the sights. Attached are some pictures of a community garden I found along the way. It’s neat to see a piece of home in a city as big as this!

I also spent the night in “Hooley’s” pub and watched the leadership debate. It was full of university students, and every time Jack Layton spoke the crowd went crazy. I wore a Harper button.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


I flew into ottawa today for a conference that starts tomorrow. I checked into my hotel and took a walk down to Byward Market to get some food. Town is buzzing with election activity - I even got some Harper SWAG!