LOMAH - Land of Milk and Honey

Just living life here in the Promised Land, Southern Alberta. Where the Mountains meet the prairie in a stunning sunset, surrounded in fields of gold

Kayking - S Bend

An old picture, surfing the S Bend on the Red Deer River with Denali keeping a watchful eye. It was a perfect day, surrounded by perfect friends.

Family in Waterton

A summer hike with the family and Grandparents. It was a typical Waterton day with some wind and sun. Logan hiked the whole way in to Bertha Falls

Loves of my Life

The first two loves of my life together in one picture. I remember when they came into my life, making me whole.

Me in the Broken Group

I think this is my favourite picture from last year. We did a sea kayaking trip to the Broken Group and had 4 glorious days of sun. It was a capped off with the company of great friends.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Purchase Dilemma

My dilemma arises from some inheritance money I am to receive from my grandmother. It amounts to $500 dollars and I have decided to do something worthwhile with the money. If I don't then it will eventually be eaten up by bills, so I have decided to purchase a watch that can be passed down to Logan when he gets older. The classic idea of a family heirloom! The funny thing is I don't know what to get. I've come up with a few ideas, but I'd love some help so here are my top 5 in no particular order.

1. Gervil

Gevril, founded in 1758 in the historic location of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. All mechanical components of Gevril timepieces are inherently Swiss and vary with models. I've located two watches, one at about $1000 (top of my budget) and the other is around $500. Both models are limited productions of 500 and are nice looking watches.

There are a few different models, each with it's own 500 production that I could choose from. the GV2 is a second generation Gevril, so it is the lower cost model. I liked this watch due to the classic idea of a swiss made watch with a company that has roots.

2. MkII
This is a small watch company out of the US that has their watches built in Switzerland or custom builds them in the US out of swiss parts. I am leaning towards a custom built Vantage which would be around the $500 dollar mark. I liked the Vantage due to the metal bracelets, but could be convinced of another model as they all are nice looking watches. They are built with old military styles as their models.

I liked this watch for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the company is small with limited production runs. Even though it doesn't state that they are limited production, the website cites delays due to order demands. Secondly, with the array of options, you get a custom watch, that you can build to your liking at a reasonable price. The downside is that it lacks the "swiss made" on the front.

3. Plasmir Milgraph
This is an antique name built in Japan. It has too many features to list so click the link to check them out. This watch has quality to the build without the "Swiss Made" to back it. Quality parts and components. This watch would run around $1000, but if bought in Japan it only runs in the $750 range. I might be able to use family or friends to buy it at that price, but maybe not.

The downside of the watch is that the movements are Swiss designed, but not swiss made. Both of the other watches above use ETA Swiss movments, made in Switzerland. Also, the watch is a bit on the bulky side.

4. Omega
This watch has the name behind it. This brand has been to the moon and James Bond has been known to wear it. Although this is the only model I can afford, it starts at $1000US. Personally this watch only has the name as the redeeming feature as it is only Swiss quartz (battery/electronic) rather than an automatic or self winding like the watches above. Still, you can't buy an Omega for under a grand so the name does have value. To get an Omega with self winding, the price is about $1500, and Dora would kill me if I spent that much!

5. Invicta

Latin for invincible, Invicta Watch Group is a Swiss company founded in 1837 by Raphael Picard. The Picard family owned and operated the company until 1991, when the company was purchased by a United States-based investment company. This is a swiss made watch that has monetary value. It has diamonds on the bezel. Although I'm not one for bling, as a family heirloom, it can't hurt to have diamonds right? I liked this watch for it's style and value over the diamonds.

Well there you have it. my top 5 brands. Gevril and Invicta both have several models that I could choose from while the other brands are quite limited in their offerings. I really could use some help her so feel free to comment! As well I've been looking at a site that sells used watches, http://www.watchestobuy.com/index.htm they are based in Canada, so it makes shipping easier. Also, if you know of any other brands, feel free to let me know they exist!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Memories of Grandma

This is the slide show I made for my Grandma Seiko. I've posted it here for anyone who couldn't attend. You might be able to find me in a picture if you look hard enough.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

gear shed

Well this has sort of been a dream of mine for quite some time. Ever since I saw this movie "The Big Hit" with Mark Walberg. I've always wanted to have this hidden gear closet that stored all my outdoor gear. Well with a bit of time on my hands I headed out to the garage and got to work.

Totem had a great deal on this 3/4" plywood that was cabinet grade so it has a finished look on both sides. I made a box frame that sits on the concrete retaining wall and is attached to the studs behind the drywall. I then added a double door system that sits on wheels to hold the weight and make it easier to open and close the doors. The doors are 6" deep so gear can be stored on them as well

I then finished by mounting some rails on the top for my kayak. In the end, the whole thing is over 8ft high and about 7 1/2 ft across. When opened, that amounts to 15ft of wall space! I'm now in the process of finishing the interior with hooks to store everything.

I'll post the finished closet later.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Time moves on....

Well as time moves on we have to say goodbye sometimes. My grandmother passed away at the beginning of the week and it fell upon me to put together a slide show to remember her. It's funny how we remember people sometimes because she'll always be this old lady who laughed till you smiled and made a great bean okazu. I've yet to get it right but I keep trying. Anyways the funeral is this Saturday so I have to get back to work. Thought I would post a few pictures of the grandmother I never met. The first picture is for the folks on the Coast who check our blog regularly...

Monday, November 26, 2007

Green & White!

Well I know what your going to say... You... a football fan?!? Well the fact is it's not about being a fan, it about a "fan"tastic experience. Grey Cup weekend has been a tradition at the in laws for about as long as I can remember (which for those who know me might be just last year since I tend to forget things). This year was probably the most anticipated since Dora's dad is a Saskatchewan import and as members of LOMAH, I'm sure you'll agree there's always something about where you were raised that stays with you!

Well, we love to support Grandpa, so here we are all dressed up up for game day!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

2 for 2!

I can't believe it! I actually made it out to Waterton for two weekends in a row. Athough one could argue that the level of activity is not up to my usual standards, I must say that if your feeling old and weak, then this is actually not so bad!
We grabbed the baby carrier and did Lineham falls. It's a nice 8km hike round trip that has a nice gradual incline for the first half. Nice if your not carrying 20 plus pounds of kid on your back. It's not that I can't lug the load, it's just that I feel like Rocky after a few rounds with Apollo Creed. I can do it, I just don't look so good.

It was a pretty nice hike and Dora and her mom were along for moral support. "You can do it!" they would chant as I slogged my way to the falls. There was some neat slide activity over the winter or spring as evident from the picture.

In spite of my endless whining, I got my second wind just in time to let Logan out the walk the last 10 seconds. I think I'm ready for another hike!
Oh wait I did go for another hike! My good buddy king daddy corn stalk came back to LOMAH for a visit and wanted to go for a hike.
We debated the choices of boundary bay and Rowe lakes. Flat one. Not that it wasn't a difficult hike as it was around 12km which is no walk in the park, more like a walk around the lake. It was a great time and I enjoyed the discussions about; gear, watches, more gear, the merits of old man muscles and our dislike of bears. Which of course was even more interesting when the dog got spooked and my bear spray accidentally leaked. Luckily it was minor and no tears! I will say that it does taste spicy!Nothing like a bit of adventure to finish a hike. I'll leave you with this closing shot and if you look closely you can see the gear! Mammut pants from Switzerland, somewhere rugged I suspect.


Well our first Halloween has come and gone and I must say that at least 2 people in this family can pull off some wicked costumes!
I sadly did not dress up unless you count looking like I'm unemployed as a costume. Dora and Logan looked stellar I must say and should have won a prize, not that either of them should have candy...

We took a trip out to see the folks and they were excited to see the "little monkey" as usual. He did slow down enough for a few pics.
We also zipped out to see Dora's folks and of course the Marj was dressed to the nines! I personally thought she looked like Michael Jackson in smooth criminal but I was wrong.... again.... She is the missing blues brother! Can you tell?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Logan's Birthday

Well a year has come and passed and I am happy to say we all survived! Raising a child was a little harder than I expected and I'm sure those of you out there with kids will agree... It's a good thing they're cute sometimes! The first year highlights are many but here are a few that I remember quite well.
- the first time he peed (it was on me)
- the first time he fell asleep in my arms (he was so small)
- his first poo (not a pretty sight)
- our first outing (went x-country skiing)
- the first time we shared an espresso (OK he just had a cup but it was still fun)
- the first time we slept in a tent (can't wait till next summer)

It's been the best of times, it's been the worst of times. I have to thank the many folks out there that helped us along the way, especially the family on both sides that made sure we didn't crawl into a corner and cry ourselves to sleep. WE LOVE YOU!!!!!

Here are a few pictures from the birthday party.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A Quickie

Well I must be busy as I noticed no postings for the month of September. So here is a quick one so that I don't have to worry about missing October.

- Logan is now 1 year old!
- Dora is back in school teaching (Maternity leave is over).
- I am a stay at home dad, still working on my Masters.
- Dora ran an 8k in Victoria and had her best time yet!
- I'm hoping to do a better job keeping this blog updated.

I'm quickly posting a few pictures from a group birthday party that Dora had with her baby group. I'll be posting a few shots soon of Logan's party as well.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Monkey see... Monkey do

So a funny thing happened the other day....Yup the three bro's got together for a little bike trip. No wife's, no kid's, no adult responsibility. Just three not so bright men with little regard for consequences, bodily aging and the effects of alcohol. Three brothers who use lines like "hold my beer and watch this" regularly. I'm surprized they let us out of their sights!
As you can see from the two time lapse photos, middle bro is getting the bigger air while the old bro is lucky not to crash. Oh don't worry... I do crash and yes... It leaves a mark. But hey what I lack in skill I make up for in shear disregards for the ravages of time. Meaning I still don't act my age. luckily little bro is no smarter, so I have someone who still thinks my ideas are good ideas "Oh yeah... I think you can make that. Easy!"
Even though we all got a few battle wounds from our bike trip, I must say that it truly was a blast. I expect that we'll be back out next year for a few trips instead of just one. I've already been negotiating with Dora on a new bike for next year.
On that note, if anyone can help me with that it would be greatly appreciated. I lack.... good negotiating skills at times. Jumping up and down and screaming "why not?" several times just doesn't seem to be cutting it.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

August - Full on Fun!

Well I had to get in at least one post for August. I figure the best place to start is the August long weekend. We took the "boy" camping, our first outing since Chris and Anne's wedding. We were a bit more remote, in Kananaskis Park, but we still had a few comforts from home; the high chair and dog.
Actually, we also had my brothers trailer. It was one of those comforts that we got use to on our last trip. It did however look a bit different by the end of our trip this time around.
I can honestly say that I don't think it was anything we did... No REALLY!! Regardless, your looking at the beginning of a $600 tow and a $600+ repair. There goes the drinking fund! My brother was gracious to say he didn't want any money, but we kicked in a few bucks to ease the pain.

Speaking of brothers, we managed to get out climbing on the weekend. My other brother came along with his family for a bit of climbing. Check out what a cute family they make, you can't even tell how dysfunctional they are!
Awe, who am I kidding, we're all a bit messed up. Neat, orderly, between the lines... what fun is that?!
We managed to squeeze in a few special climbing moments on the trip. Hailey did her first climb outdoors and didn't cry that much. Dora did a lead climb and didn't cry that much either. It was the first time in ... actually I don't even know when the last time Dora did a lead climb. Guess you'd need to ask her.
Dora was climb pretty good for the first time out on rock in maybe two years? Pregnant last year, so at least a few years. But from the pictures, you can't even tell and a picture tells it all!
To finish off the day we hiked back out. Bro and Hailey took the scenic route back, through the creek. Then of course Hailey fell in the water, the wife got upset, and bro was truly up the creek!

Well, to finish off, I'll have the kids sign off with the parting shots.