snapshots of an idle mind

September 9, 2007

after apple pick… er trimming…

Filed under: driving,family,life,pics,random,seasonal,work — sassinak @ 12:05 am


two points if you can tell me where the title is from.


last weekend i was where i’m sitting right now except my best friend othercat was here with me and we were a lot more drunk than i am now.

not that i’m sober now exactly you realize, just that we were drunker than i currently am and we weren’t that drunk then either.

regardless, we took some pictures that i was planning to post earlier this week but then i got distracted by a maserati and then a ferrari and well you know i’m kinda slow so here we are a week later.

othercat and i drove up here and took the three hour version of the two hour drive. in case you don’t understand what that means it tends to involve lots of gravel and the occasional turn with no earthly knowledge of where the road actually goes.

it was lovely.


here i am sitting on a little bridge like thing just down the road from the farm. they actually built a tunnel diagonally under the road for whatever reason… i don’t care about the reason, it’s one of my favourite places…


this is an oops we’re still zoomed in self-portrait othercat and i attempted at this same place… doesn’t he look all cool and the matrix?

i’m not sure you can possibly understand just how happy we are here. we’ve left the city, it’s a GORGEOUS day and we don’t have to be home until monday afternoon. i mean does it get any better than this?


self-portrait. exciting i know.

of course no weekend at the farm is complete without a few key ingredients.

work… in this case my father was busy dredging the pond and good lord do i wish i had a picture.

my parents bought this crazy rake to get the plants and cattails out of the pond because mother nature is winning and my father worked like a dog dredging a pond he NEVER swims in.

no, not sorta never, NEVER.

*i* swim in it. my sister swims in it… cherub was dragged into it a few weeks ago:


but she declared all the weeds and stuff kinda gross and frankly i couldn’t blame her. so, the point is here’s my dad working his butt off to clean the pond he NEVER swims in and here are othercat and i watching the tennis [us open, tends to be the best tennis of the year] or drinking beer or whatever.

so i offered to work, also i like to work but don’t tell anybody since it will ruin my reputation… although i guess that’s catching these days.

so dad says ‘well you know, the apple trees need trimming’ and so, lo and behold, after some instruction here i am trimming trees!


yes that’s a flip-flop i’m wearing and yes i’m half in a tree and half on a ladder. you wouldn’t believe some of the crazy positions i ended up in trying not to kill the tree while cutting off the dead bits…


that takes care of the work part nicely now doesn’t it?

also i’m massively amused by my body position here… it seems unsafe and yet i’m braced in this really appropriate centre of gravity sort of way.

of course at the end of the work comes the reward:


in case you’re wondering that’s a lamb roast on a rotisserie which is half of the oven that my father built many years ago. dad’s a pretty clever guy, he built ‘the monolith’ aka ‘the pizza oven’ just the right distance from the farmhouse because he knew he would never get a permit to build one into the house.

and then?

oh yeah, and then he applied for a permit to enclose it. gotta love my dad.


i saw the funniest thing on the drive up here today you can’t imagine. a guy, in a minivan, driving in the left lane on the 401… BRUSHING HIS TEETH!


oh and this little story is to make someone feel better:

so there i am coming off avenue onto chaplin crescent and i get my little turn left green arrow and i start to go and this guy coming south bound decides not only not to stop at his red light but to turn into the LEFT rather than the right lane.


so i slam on the brakes.

why is this funny?

there’s a full travel mug of tea on my dash board… [doesn’t fit in the cup holders] and of course when i hit the brakes it flies forward a little and covers a large chunk of windshield.

i, too busy trying not to hit the idiot and honk at him, do not grab said tea when i hit the gas again and yeah… back it comes the other way!

i didn’t wear that much of it but my car sure did…

ah well, least it isn’t hand tooled corinthian leather… or my chest.



  1. I always feel good when I can help someone out. Especially when there’s a lovely roast lamb for a reward. Your mum and dad are such nice people, and I never mind pitching in to help out a little when I’m visiting. Sassinak never gave me credit for this though. She’s hogging all the glory in the tree while I’m schlepping the cut branches out of the way, and carting the ladders back and forth. Geez…..

    Comment by othercat — September 8, 2007 @ 11:56 pm | Reply

  2. othercat you are so totally right, i have shamelessly failed to mention your help fetching and carrying and photographing not to mention that it’s ALWAYS more fun to drink beer in good company than alone!

    my parents rock that’s for sure…

    well sir, at least you know i love you enough to forget to thank you… lol

    Comment by sassinak — September 9, 2007 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

  3. People love me so much, they can’t express it in words. :P

    Comment by othercat — September 9, 2007 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

  4. in my defense i did express it in words in my previous comment


    i have a client til 8:30pm tomorrow so we should meet someplace… oh and the new mouse did it. :)

    Comment by sassinak — September 9, 2007 @ 5:36 pm | Reply

  5. Those pictures are so autumnal! I want roasted apples cooked in an open fire pit! I want to trim apple trees!!! (okay, we have one on our property, and it looks pathetic… how does one trim an apple tree? Seriously.) That’s a great example of some Italians who done real good! You must love going back there…

    Comment by sweet l'il gal — September 10, 2007 @ 6:17 am | Reply

  6. slg: i know, it’s almost better that it was labour day weekend, it’s like we sort of ushered in the fall… anyway.

    (my mom says to google apple tree pruning or care of) you find the dead branches, and then go quite high up them and saw them off. it’s that simple on the smaller branches but on the larger ones you have to do something to avoid cracking the branch. so you saw down until it’s sagging heavily and then saw up just inside (toward the trunk) of your down cut.

    if you cut live wood you have to paint it with that pruning paint stuff and otherwise just leave it.

    but really, ask the internet too :)

    and yeah, my folks are awesome.

    Comment by sassinak — September 10, 2007 @ 8:15 am | Reply

  7. So, did you happen to spill on the roof of your car? ‘Cuz then you could tell everyone that you drive a “tea-top” automobile…

    Sounds like you had a pretty good weekend. That pic of the roasted lamb? Delicious. Well, the lamb looked delicious in the picture, I should say. The picture itself tasted like a dusty computer screen, oddly enough…

    And are there fish in that pond? Swimming amongst weeds and algae is one thing, but having fish and water snakes brush up against your legs is quite another sensation all together.

    Comment by John — September 10, 2007 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

  8. …and John wins the so-bad-it’s-good punning prize. I have to admit I’ve read it a few times and I’m still snickering.

    Swimming with weeds and algae would gross me out way more than swimming with fish– as a fan of the snorkelling arts, I welcome the presence of fish in my swimming water. Water snakes, not so much. Where are you swimming?

    Comment by princessvalium — September 11, 2007 @ 12:53 am | Reply

  9. PV- well, I’m at work right now so currently I’m swimming in my thoughts of being elsewhere…

    However, the experiences in which I refered to in my earlier comment were those of my more youthful days growing up in Tennessee (please don’t hold it against me, I eventually moved away). Anyway, I spent a lot of time in the summer swimming off docks in muddy, cloudy lakes full of catfish and bluegill (or “brim” as they call them down South). Not exactly a coral reef-type environment conducive to snorkling. There were also several species of water snakes around. Some were poisonous moccasins, but most were benign little fellas who were just out for a cool swim. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t still get the heebie-jeebies when one snuck up unnoticed in the cloudy water… But, honestly, as far as snakes go it was probably safer in the water than on land since I rarely saw any poisonous water moccasins, but I saw copperheads and cottonmouths all of the time hiding on the ground. And you all probably thought the rednecks were the only dangerous thing you had to watch out for down there…

    Comment by John — September 11, 2007 @ 9:54 am | Reply

  10. john: no, but i have forgotten coffee on the roof of my car before… and dude, that’s seriously an agonizingly awesome pun. othercat and i had an awesome weekend actually, it was mellow and relaxing and i finally got some sleep…

    the lamb was in fact delicious, my parents did something with some kind of rub and then proceeded to make deliciousness. it’s a true group effort with the two of them. oh dear sir, i hope you washed your mouth after dusty computer screen *g*

    there were fish but the herons ate them all several years ago. there are frogs though…

    PV: he certainly does, what an excellent pun that was! and yeah dude, you should be snickering!

    the fish were lovely before the herons ate them all but never fear, dad is fully taking care of the weeds and the algae is actually okay, it’s just bad this year a bit because the water is really low. i’m swimming at the pond at my parents place.

    john: sounds good to me!

    oh geeze you’re from ‘there’s nothing on the radio but bible stations’ land? dude no WONDER you moved to colorado!

    i liked swimming in the french river when i was a kid because of the snakes. none of them were poisonous, they were just cool and sort of swam by you when you were least expecting it.

    eep! it’s funny i don’t think of snakes as scary because there’s no real poisonous ones around here and yet i totally don’t notice that when i’m in (say) british columbia it might just be different…

    ah the sublime indifference of the youth who grew up in a place with no poisonous snakes or spiders…

    and john? rednecks are everywhere!

    Comment by sassinak — September 11, 2007 @ 1:49 pm | Reply

  11. The only thing I can think of is this:

    My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
    Toward heaven still,
    And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
    Beside it, and there may be two or three
    Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
    But I am done with apple-picking now.

    I had an early Frost education. Bits of his poetry pops up at strange times.

    But I don’t remember anything about trimming. I’ll have to use the google.

    At any rate–you looked perfectly balanced to me on that ladder. Of course, I’ve spent more time on ladders than I care to admit, and anytime you can be on a ladder and sitting is a good time in my book.

    I think I’ll be heading to a farm this weekend. I think we’ll pick us some apples.


    Comment by balloon pirate — September 11, 2007 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  12. pirate: you’ve got it exactly… that’s why i put ‘pick… er trimming’ so +2 for you!

    i almost rewrote the poem to reflect what i really did but well that would be disrespectful to a wonderful wordsmith in some way.

    i was actually balanced admirably. my favourite pose didn’t make the photo shoot. one foot on a ladder, one foot straight back into the tree branch, one arm hanging off a branch and one arm sawing above my head *g*

    dude if you get to hit a farm this weekend i heartily encourage you to do so!

    Comment by sassinak — September 11, 2007 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

  13. great picks… You remind me of someone.. but I can’t seem to remember who. GRRRR

    Comment by Jon — September 13, 2007 @ 7:20 pm | Reply

  14. I miss the fall (and Indian summer), and apple picking (not so much the trimming though), and you look gorgeous and happy.

    Comment by JMai — September 13, 2007 @ 9:51 pm | Reply

  15. jon: i’ve heard carrie-anne moss, brooke shields, laura dern and uh… that’s all i can think of right now :) oh yeah, celine dion BEFORE she got scary and anorexic.

    jmai: i don’t think i’ve ever been happier in my skin than i am right now and coincidentally people are constantly telling me that i look better than they’ve ever seen me. intersting innit?

    also? you’re right to miss fall, it’s awesome and smells SOOOO good!

    Comment by sassinak — September 13, 2007 @ 11:58 pm | Reply

  16. How often do you yourself swim and what stroke or do you just write about it?

    Can I ask though – how did you get this picked up and into google news?

    Very impressive that this blog is syndicated through Google and is it something that is just up to Google or you actively created?

    Obviously this is a popular blog with great data so well done on your seo success..

    Swimming greats you should write about next, my ex was an olympic swimmer!

    Comment by Weapons: Knives — July 24, 2008 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

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