My monthly blog entry?

It looks like I am not in the blogging mood lately, another month has passed and no blog entries during August, other than welcoming it in.  Well, August is over and it is now September.  Wow.

August was a pretty relaxed month.  No umpiring, other than a tournament last weekend.  It was my birthday at the beginning of the month, happy birthday to me, I suppose.

Fall Ball starts this weekend so that will keep me out of trouble for September and into October, depending on how long the nice weather holds out.

Nothing else much going on so not a lot to report.  Enjoy September.

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August already?

Wow – It looks like I didn’t post at all during the month of July.

July was a good month.  I had two weeks off of work, a staycation.  Babe Ruth was hosting back to back Regional baseball tournaments that I helped with.  Saw some good ball, saw some not so good ball.  It was a good couple of weeks.  The dogs and I visited various dog parks most mornings, I had happy and tired dogs.

I was back to work yesterday and I was used to going back to bed after feeding the dogs – yesterday was a tiring day, I guess one gets used to sleeping in pretty quickly.  Today will be an easier day I am sure.

I did quite a bit of umpiring the first half of the month as well.  Didn’t make myself available while I was off but did do one AAA playoff game where no one else was available or willing.

July was also hot, the hottest since I have been in Calgary and apparently, one of the hottest ever.  Day time temps were in the upper 20’s and low 30’s.  The house wasn’t too bad, did heat up in the evenings though.  This wasn’t a typical summer, at least what I’ve become used to in Calgary anyway.

So, it is August already.  There won’t be much, if any umpiring this month since Babe Ruth wraps up until Fall Ball.  I don’t like umpiring the Senior Men’s league so I will be taking it easier this month I think.

After my first year not coaching baseball, I am happy to report that I didn’t miss it.  I was worried that I would but this was a good summer.  I was able to set my own schedule for umpiring and wasn’t at the park 6 days as week.  I am sure I will go back to it at some point but for now, this is working well.

Back to work for me – enjoy your day and have a good August.

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Happy Canada Day

Just a quick update.  My second 4-day weekend was good, nice and relaxing.  I umpired a few games, took the dogs to the park a few times, had a few naps.  Sounds like I am ready for retirement.  Well, who isn’t?  Only issue is that I’d be out of money pretty quick.  Guess I will continue working.

This is a long weekend as well since Saturday is Canada’s birthday, we get Monday off.  No umpiring this weekend, most of the leagues aren’t playing.  I will enjoy the time off.  The weather is supposed to be nice which is good.  No plans on going to watch fireworks anywhere.  Not sure if I will see them from my place or not.  The dogs aren’t frightened by them anyway so that’s good.

Next Friday is Stampede Day in Calgary so it is the office event day, the office is closed so I am off – yes, I don’t work in the office but I still get it off.  That means next week is a 3 day work-week.

My two weeks of vacation is coming up too, it will be nice being off.  I am not sure when the last time I had back to back weeks off, but it has been a while.

Can’t believe July is already here.  Time flies.  Happy Canada Day.

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Four day weekends

I had a four day weekend this past weekend.  I have another four day weekend coming up so this is a nice, short, three day work-week.

The four day weekend zoomed by as quickly as a normal 2 day weekend though.  Friday was a relaxing day.  I went to an Okotoks Dawgs baseball game in the evening.  It started raining in the 3rd inning.  We got a little wet and were cold and after 45 minutes or so, we decided to pack it in.  The game did eventually restart but would not have finished until close to midnight.  Past my bedtime.

I had breakfast out on Saturday morning followed by a trip to the dog park.  There is almost always a trip to the dog park.  I umpired in the afternoon – good ball game, except for the whiny coach from Edmonton.

Sunday I took the car for a long trip, first since I bought it.  I drove to Cranbrook, BC and met a co-worker for lunch.  It was a good drive, good food and good to see a co-worker that I’d normally only see at our IT Conferences.  I made it with just over one tank of gas so the mileage was great.

I umpired again last night to round out the long weekend.  Will be a good pay day at the end of the month, I’ve done quite a few games this month.

I am sure this week will fly by.  I am off Friday and Monday again but no real plans as yet.  I do have umpiring this weekend but otherwise nothing is going on.  Sounds good to me.

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A little down time

I have had a house guest since Sunday night again, Lita, my friends’ dog.  Lita is going home this afternoon.  The four of them had fun playing outside all day Monday and yesterday until after dinner when it decided to start raining.  It is raining again today so they are inside and are all sleeping, I think they are tired out.

I have back to back 4 day weekends coming up, will be nice having some time off of work.  I am heading to an Okotoks Dawgs baseball game on Friday evening with a co-worker.  I have not been to a game in a few years.  Great ball park down there.  I am glad I looked online for tickets, they were almost sold out.  I was able to get a pair of tickets right behind the plate in the second row.  Should be a good time.

I have a few umpiring assignments thrown in, Thursday, Saturday and Monday.  All plate games.  Sunday, I am taking a day trip to Cranbrook, BC.  I am just going for lunch actually, the drive will be nice.  I have not been to BC since 1986 when I drove from Calgary to Vancouver for Expo 86.  I am taking two different mountain passes on Sunday so it will be a nice drive.  It will also be the first time I have had the new car out for a long run.

No other plans really.  I am sure the dogs and I will go for a hike or two.  I am looking forward to a little down time.  For those of you who are Fathers, have a good Fathers Day.

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Another week in the books

Another week just about over.  I did some umpiring last weekend and again on Monday, I umpire again tonight and a double-header on Sunday.  It has been a warm week and the house heated up some.  No need for AC, but Hera thinks there is.  It’s comfortable and for a change, Twix isn’t cold.  Blondie doesn’t seem to mind it.  Last night we had a rather powerful thunderstorm roll through.  Had torrential rain, a bit of hail and a fairly nice light show.  Since I am now in the NW where we often get hail, I am very glad to have a garage, I don’t need little dents and dings on my car.  I am glad that none of the dogs are afraid of thunderstorms.

Speaking of dogs, I will have a visitor for a few days again, Lita is coming for a few nights on Sunday evening again.  At least she’s learned I am trustworthy so she won’t be afraid of me for the first day and a half.  It should be a fun visit this time around.

Next weekend I am using some of my banked lieu time and taking a 4 day weekend.  I am looking forward to some relax time.  Right now, I have no umpiring scheduled for that weekend, I am sure some games will come around though, I hope so anyway.

I have two weeks booked off in July, I will be helping with the tournaments that Babe Ruth is hosting. I have an idea for a road trip in the back of my head – I am thinking of driving to Colorado for 4 or 5 days in total – catch a Rockies game or two.  That will be in August, if I decide to go.

Well, the weekend is here in a few hours, enjoy.

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It’s already June?

I am unsure where the month of May went, but it is just about over.  It was a pretty good month, lots of umpiring, not insane at work but busy enough to keep me out of trouble and, in general, nice weather and lots of time in parks with the dogs without them getting all mucky.

Our rainy season will start in a couple of weeks and will last until the mid-end of July.  It sort of throws a wrench into baseball games.  It also makes going to the dog parks a little tougher – we typically don’t go out when it is raining, I don’t like getting wet, neither do the dogs.

Nothing too exciting planned for June – I am sure I will get about 10-15 games to umpire.  I am not going anywhere that I am aware of.  No vacation time planned either.

So, hopefully, your June is more exciting than the June I have planned.  A bit of boring is OK with me though.  🙂

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The weekend, dog parks & umpiring

The weekend is here after a holiday shortened week.  The week flew by, as most weeks do – something about getting older, perhaps?  It wasn’t overly busy, but I have enough to keep me out of trouble at work at any rate.

Blondie, Hera, Twix and I just got in from the dog park, we were playing ChuckIt and now they are tired.  I hear, and believe, that a tired dog is a happy dog.  All three are zonked out on the floor, likely because it is cooler.  It isn’t hot out by any means, but when you run, full out after a ball for 45 minutes or so, I guess it will tire you out.  I get in a fair amount of walking myself so that isn’t bad either.

I am heading out shortly to do an inventory of baseball uniforms that we have in our equipment shed.  I have an assistant helping me, so we shouldn’t be any longer than an hour at most, I don’t think.  That will give me a good handle on what we have and will make ordering a lot easier next year.

This afternoon I am umpiring a double-header with a former baseball Dad of mine, should be fun.  An A game (I am on the plate) then a AA game with me on the bases.  I umpired on Thursday night at Foothills Stadium and had to eject a coach.  My partner called a balk on the pitcher (after neither of us called about 3 or 4 in a row) and the coach lost it.  Well, teach your player to pause before pitching and we won’t call balks on him.  Anyway, he whined and whined and I had heard enough, so I asked him to leave.  Yeah, that’s what I did.  Arrogant little coach anyway, oh well.

Tomorrow, I think the four of us are meeting with Lita and her Mom to go for a hike in Edworthy Park, it is supposed to be a beautiful day.  I think spring has finally arrived.

That will cause the weekend to go by even quicker than the week – always seems to happen.  Have you ever heard of someone saying that the weekend is dragging on?  Enjoy yours.

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Lita and Umpiring

In my last update, I mentioned that I had a house guest for a few nights, Lita, a friend/co-workers dog.  She is a Shepherd mix and a very timid dog.  She got dropped off on Sunday night and although she had met me a few times before, did not seem to trust me at all.  She was quite taken with Hera though, which was good.

She whined a bit on Sunday night but settled down and slept in the living room on the couch with Hera.  Monday morning, she still didn’t trust me…  She ate breakfast with the other dogs and played outside most of the day while I worked.  By Monday evening, she was letting me pet her, once, and then she’d scurry off.  If I walked by her, she fled, as if she was thinking I’d step on her.  She is just a 9 month old puppy so her owner and I agree that she likely had a rough few months when she was very young.

By Tuesday morning, she finally decided that I was a good guy, I got a wake up kiss from her – thanks Lita.  On Tuesday, I was her best friend.  She got picked up Tuesday evening and was happy to see her Mom.  My three seemed to miss her when she left.  I know they will be friends moving forward at least and that’s great.

It was fun having her for a few days and now I am sure she will love me when she sees me.

Umpiring has been going well.  I am not missing the coaching aspect at all, which is good.  I have been given only A and AA games thus far and that’s fine with me.  I am sure I will be given some AAA games as the season matures, and if not, that’s OK too.  Next year, I do plan on going to an umpiring clinic, I missed it this year since I was away.

I had a game scheduled for tonight but because they are calling for very heavy rain starting around noon, it has already been canceled.  I umpire tomorrow night as well and then a double-header on the weekend.  It is keeping me busy and out of trouble.

The dogs and I have been doing some longer hikes in the area parks, been fun and we’ve been getting some good exercise.  Hera is much better in the off-leash area than she was before I left for my trip as well.  She was being overly “playful” with some of the smaller dogs and was freaking out the owners.  I am sure she’d never hurt one of the little dogs but she is a big dog, now she’s just playing with the larger dogs which is good.

Well, the work day has started, better get to it.  Enjoy your day.

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A house guest…

This past weekend, like most weekends, zoomed by.  I umpired two double-headers so that kept me busy.  They were good games.  On Saturday, it was two Babe Ruth A league games.  For 13-14 year olds, the quality of the ball was excellent, not a lot of walks and some good defence.  I was impressed.  Sunday, it was the AA league and two more excellent games.

I also have a house guest for a few days.  One of my co-workers had to go away for a few days and her BF is working out of town so I have a 9 month old German Shepherd mix puppy to join my pack of 3.  They are all getting along well which is nice and Lita has decided that I can be trusted, she actually likes me now.

This coming weekend is a long weekend, it will be nice having the extra day off.  I am doing some umpiring and have a baseball meeting, the last one until after the season ends.  All of the uniforms have been distributed and swaps that were needed have been done as well.  I will do the job again next year, if the help is still needed which I am sure it will be.

Today is a sad day in history.  Two years ago, I had to put Zeus down.  It was one of the hardest things I ever had to go through and I still miss him, even with three (and right now four) dogs running around.  You were a good dog Zeus.  🙂

 

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