Onkel Jash

KLASSEN, Jakob - Peacefully, at Niagara On The Lake Hospital on Friday, September 24, 2010, Jakob Klassen, aged 82 years. Beloved husband of Anna Enns. Dear father of Ferd and Muggs, Gita and Bill Durksen, Fritz and Grace, Dieter and Julie, Doris and Harry Wiens. Opa to Mike (Lauren), Matt (Bev), Tim, Mark, Emily, Robert, David, Abigail, Kristen, Michelle, Harrison and Olivia and great grandchild Nathan. Brother of Peter and Else, David and Tina (2010), Paul and Edith, Werner and Lydia. The family will receive friends at the Scott St. Mennonite Brethren Church, 339 Scott St. on Monday (today) 2-4 and 7-8:30 p.m. Private family interment service at Victoria Lawn Cemetery prior to the Funeral Service to be held at the Church on Tuesday, September 28th at 10:30 a.m.

RIP Willy

HEIDEBRECHT, William - It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of William on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, at 41 years of age, while doing what he loved in Switzerland. Beloved husband of Amanda for more than 15 years. Loving father of Alexandria, Jarret and Dylan. Cherished son of Susie and John Heidebrecht. Dear brother of Kevin (and Juanita). Son-in-law of Neil and Doris Imhoff and brother-in-law of Neil (and Michelle) Imhoff and April (and Scott) Redekop. William will be lovingly remembered by his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, his extended family, the St. Catharines Fire Department and all who knew him.

At St. Catharines fire stations, the meal du jour Tuesday, September 21 was Stagg chili and toast. The combination was a favourite of William Heidebrecht, the 11-year veteran of the service who was killed in a BASE jumping accident last week in Switzerland. During Heidebrecht's funeral Tuesday, St. Catharines fire Capt. Joel Chatterton, said firefighters would chow down on chili to remember their comrade.

Nearly 100 Niagara area firefighters stood at attention outside the Scott Street Mennonite Brethren Church as an honour guard when the fire truck, decorated in the dead man's firefighting gear and carrying Heidebrecht's casket, arrived. They filled the church to listen to family and friends talk about the man described as a muscular and affable family man and firefighter.

Chatterton recalled a time he was asked to help Heidebrecht prepare for a firefighter's calender by spotting him in the weight room. There he was, (bench pressing) 315 pounds. He does 10 reps of that and I asked, 'What is it you expect me to do exactly? I can't even budge that.'On photo day, just as the photographer was about to snap his picture, Heidebrecht said 'wait!' and then flexed every muscle in his body, causing the women present to gasp, 'Oh my,' Chatterton said.

After telling other funny stories about Heidebrecht, who died in a BASE jumping accident, Chatteron talked about the last blaze the firefighter attended. It was the Oct. 4 fire at 11 Oakwood Ave. Chatteron said it was a particularly bad fire, which is now under investigation by police as an arson/homicide, with flames erupting about two metres from the windows. Heidebrecht and several firefighters were inside the house when the fire got so bad they were ordered out. Normally, firefighters use a hose to guide them out when smoke and flames makes it impossible to see. But in this case, the hose was tangled up in the fire room of the house. Heidebrecht, Chatterton said, was able to see light coming from an open door, grabbed one of his fellow firefighters and hauled him out of the house before diving through the door himself.

Will was a fire fighter in St. Catharines.
One of his hobbies was BASE jumping.

The honour guard along Scott Street.
The honour guard at the church.

inherited books

I LOVE reading! I'll say it again I LOVE READING!!!

Yup, I really do. I love it even more when I inherit books for free from lovely people. I think it was about a year ago, when I inherited about 20 well-used, well-loved and well-read books from a good friend. Dan has a rather amazing library filled with many interesting and unique finds as well as many "classics". I could spend hours perusing the well-stocked shelves of his room. So, when he said he was down-sizing his collection, I totally jumped all over that.

One sunny, summer afternoon, we spent some time going through the stacks of books he had already removed from the shelves in the hopes that they would find their way into new homes where they would be appreciated. Some of those books made their way into my bookshelves. YAY!!

The only problem was that I didn't have time to read them right away. I already had a series I was working on and then some one lent me another series and then I started another series while I was housesitting and... it just kept going. But I just finished a series and am looking to start another one (and yes, I know I have a lot of reading to do for school, but I NEED to have some pleasure reading in my life too). So, here I am perusing my bookshelf and TA-DA!!

Tonight I pulled out "Shōgun" by James Clavell. It is the first novel of the author's Asian Saga (not the first one he wrote, but chronologically the first one). Beginning in 1600 in feudal Japan, some months before the critical battle of Sekigahara, it gives an account of the rise of the daimyo "Toranaga" (based upon the actual Tokugawa Ieyasu) of the Shogunate, seen through the eyes of an English sailor whose fictional heroics are loosely based on William Adams's exploits. I'm pleased to say I inherited the first 4 books of the 6 book series and am now searching for the remaining 2. So, YAY for inherited books!!

decorating cakes

Last fall (I think) I took a cake decorating course with my cousin. It was something fun that we could do together and something that I've made a lot of use of. If you've seen my (recipe blog, you may guess that I enjoy being in the kitchen. And it's true, I enjoy baking and cooking but I also enjoy the presentation of food. So here is a small sampling of some of the cakes I've decorated in the past year. Yes, there will be more, but I'm also kinda dumb and don't always take pics of the stuff I've done. I've done at least 1 birthday cake for 2 of my nieces and my nephew and I know pictures were taken, just not with my camera. So, I'll have to track the pictures down before I can post some more.

what would your album cover look like?

What would your own album look like if you were in a band? Follow the directions below and find out.

1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random” or click here
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations" or click here
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days” or click here
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop, Paint or something similar to put it all together.

5 - Post it.

This is the one I did today.

This is one I did last May.

here we go again

That's right ladies and gentlemen... I am going back to school, again. And it feels like my academic journey to become a teacher has turned into me a career student. I guess it sucks to be me - at least as far as my lovely school, Brock University, is concerned.

This is the Schmon Tower at Brock University.
Don't get me wrong, I usually love this time of year. I wait for it all summer long - the escape from reality into the world of academia.. But for some reason I'm more jaded and bitter about school this year than ever before. But it's not the concept of school, it's just the school I'm at.

My classes are ok, my professors are pretty good and I've spent far too much money on text books and photocopying mandatory readings for classes. I don't mind photocopying some stuff sometimes, but  3 or 4 articles (minimum 15 pages each) for every week in just one class seems a bit excessive. Although I am glad that we don't have to buy even more textbooks or, even worse, prepared course packages.

Just kick me! Yup, that's what it feels like most days. I know it'll be worth it in the end - when I'm holding that ever-so-important little piece of paper that tells the world I'm a teacher. But until then, I think I'll just grumble a bit more.

But only a little bit :)