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...