March 2010

The table is set.  Let the guests arrive!

Lighting the candles to start the evening:

Grandma’s having trouble getting a still shot…

Ah, that’s better!


Shana and Kenan asking the four questions:

Grandma’s still trying to get cute photos, and still can’t figure out this video mode:

Ahh, that’s better!

And by midnight the last stragglers had left, the third dishwasher load was running (though you couldn’t tell by the piles of dirty dishes still on the counter), and it’s time for us to drop into bed too.

Happy Passover everyone!


Monday morning — nearly ready!

Phew!  Time for a catnap before the guests arrive.

Phew!  The overseer is out of sight momentarily whipping the other slaves, so I’m taking a quick blog break behind this palm tree.

I’ve never heard anyone else refer to the week before Passover in this way, but I think the Passover preparations are intended to make us feel that we really are slaves in Egypt!  Cooking and cleaning and moving furniture and building pyramids tables from sunup to sundown…

At least Moses gets a break now and then to check if Pharaoh has changed his mind:  “Let my people go put their feet up for a minute!”


[This is not for my usual family audience!  It’s for other cyclists who’ve had the same problem I have, so they can find this solution through a Google search and save themselves some of the money and frustration this has cost me in the past.]

I’ve been using a Cateye Strada cyclocomputer for about three years for my 30km daily year-round commute and love it.  I love the buttonless experience (just press the face itself to switch modes) and the toolless installation.  I bought an extra harness kit and switch the computer back and forth between my summer and winter bikes.

But the winters in Calgary are harsh, and every winter I’ve had the same problem.  A little plastic clip in the harness that snaps the computer into place breaks off from the cold, and without it the computer won’t stay put.

The last two year I’ve forked over the money to buy a new harness kit, but those things cost nearly as much as a whole new computer.

This year I came up with a simple solution right in line with the toolless philosophy:  an o-ring.

I realized on closer inspection that the back of the Strada has a hump that slides into the harness.  An o-ring (or rubber band) can fit over that protrusion and keep it in its base.

The other end of the o-ring hooks around the headset on my road bike.  If I were to do this on my mountain bike I could wrap the o-ring around the handlebar and attach it right back up to the Strada.

I think the end product looks just as good as the original, and it’s sturdier to boot.

We’re expecting a large crowd for Passover this year (not that anyone’s surprised).  Somewhere between 14 and 20 guests all told, about half of them children.  But where to seat them?!

We have an assortment of tables but they’re rather hard to work with, most of them round so they can’t fit next to each other, all of them different heights.  So yesterday (thanks Sharon for the idea!) I cut up some nice birch plywood and made us a 4’x9′ table that fits neatly into our regular dining room table for a combined length of over 14′.  That’s enough for 16 people.  If we get 20 we’re going to have to be even more creative.

That was the second-best part, that we now have a nice long table.  The best part was that of course I had to buy some new tools.

It’s the first day of spring, and time for spring passover cleaning!

We bribed encouraged the kids to be involved by letting them pick their own jobs (from a looooong list) and taping them onto a job board when they were done.

After supper we had sundaes, and the kids got to pick one topping (from another looooong list) for every two jobs on their job board!

Kids, see if you can identify all these toppings.

Future preacher!

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