I can not even blame some of the lack of additions on the Ottawa Hash House Harriers. Because of several reasons I seem to have become a more or less opportunistic runner and have been absent the whole month of January. I was going to say ‘missing’ instead of absent but I changed that because I do miss my Monday night excursions. So while I may have become a ‘fair weather’ hasher unless something drastic happens I will be attending the WinterRude Marathon.
The past little while has not been all good news for me. In December we lost a good friend and hasher to cancer. He leaves behind a wife and two young children under the age of ten. He happened to pass away two days before that of one our other hashers had passed away in 2013. All the hashers who knew them are all hoping their hash trails now have just as much shiggy as they would like, there are chips at the rehydration stop and the amber nectar for the down downs is cold. ON ON to a wonderful happy couple.
Last week we had notification that one of my old Navy buddies had also passed away. The two of us went back, off and on, from 1962. We had served together in Gloucester, Coverdale, Gander and Alert. Sadly I will not be able to attend his Remembrance Service.
January was one of the snowiest months on record and I am hoping the the monthly stats will be posted soon. I will check in the newspaper as well as the government meteorological website.
We have received our “Guest Ticket Booklet” from Royal Caribbean for our March cruise. Of course everything in now on line so you just get an email and then down load the information. While you can book and do everything on line I have done almost everything on the telephone. Not only is it more personal but I also received some additional discounts which puts a few more $$ in my pocket. There is also another reason that I used the telephone: you do get to talk to a real person and discuss the different options and it does give employment. The staff have always been very knowledgeable, helpful and courteous. Wendy and I are looking forward to escaping the cold and hopefully the snow will be, if not gone, then well on its way to leaving when we get back.
Because Heather and the family have moved back and both Heather and Hareth have jobs two cars are needed. Wendy has been doing the ‘school-run’ every day. Driving Heather to work and then carrying on with Hareth to his work and then picking Heather up after her work and Heather off to get Hareth. That coupled with us being away almost the whole month of March brought the problem to the fore. On Monday it was off to Mendez Toyota and pick out a RAV4 Hybrid! For over a year we had been discussing what we would be getting as a new vehicle. I was edging to a hybrid rather than a full electric because of the range. I had been talking with other owners of Toyota hybrids and everything about them was positive. I had been thinking of either a Prius or the RAV4. Because Mendez did not have a Prius in stock and none would be available for several weeks it was on to the RAV4. We are now the proud owners of a Galactic Aqua Mica (dark blue) RAV4 SE which is the middle price of the 3 available models.
I have been interested in hydroponic gardening for a few years and have successfully grown things hydroponically, including vegetables, including tomatoes, flowers, including roses and herbs. I have often wondered what the difference would be between plants grown in soil compared to plants grown hydroponically. So I started a bit of an experiment today. YOU WILL HAVE TO CHECK OUT MY RESULTS INCLUDING PHOTOS UNDER THE MENU HEADING EXPERIMENT. I am interested in seeing just what the differences will be and I do hope you will check it out and see my results.